This article examins the liability of an abutting land owner or possessor, making special use of a public sidewalk, for injuries received by persons while on the sidewalk. An abutting owner is defined as "an owner of land which abuts, adjoins or is in close proximity." The definition includes the owner or possessor of property which abuts or adjoins land which legally constitutes a public right of way.
James H. Stethem, Abutting Owner's Liability for Special Use of Sidewalk, 16 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 291 (1967)