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The City Told Him Stairs Would Cost $150,000. He Did It For $500 By Hiring A Homeless Guy.

At his community park, one section of the path is just too steep for comfort. People dealt with it simply because they didn’t have much of a choice, but when several of his neighbors fell and injured themselves trying to navigate the hill, Adi Astl decided to get the city involved. It was a safety hazard and he wanted them to do something about it.

But the city dragged their feet, and after they gave him an estimate of what the project might cost, he was confused. They quoted that the project would cost “anywhere from 65,000 to 150,000” to complete, and he asked if they misunderstood and were quoting for an escalator.

No, they told him.

He was frustrated. He contracted a local homeless man to help him complete the project on his own, without the city. It cost him $550 and took about half a day to provide the stairs needed to make the path safe again.
Officers taped off the rogue project while officials decide what should be done about the illegal staircase, and will probably hire someone to inspect it for safety violations and stability.

But Astl doesn’t care.

To me, the safety of people is more important than money, so if the city is not willing to do it, I have to do it myself.” He said.

They haven’t charged him with any crimes, but until they reach an official decision, the stairs remain “off limits.”


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