In the hope of accomplishing some needed simplification in the design of curbs and gutters, the writer recently undertook the job of analyzing such designs in 20 different areas in the state of California. The findings of the analysis adequately explain why few contractors can afford to assemble forms, finishing tools and other equipment suitable for use in present circumstances in more than one community. Since most communities do not provide sufficient opportunities for curb work to support a good crew working continuously, the result is that curb work tends to become a monopoly of a specialist in each area. This situation is clearly not in the best interest of the public, and the only possible solution is through the adoption of a uniform design. Uniform design will accomplish the following objectives: offer opportunities for more general bidding; encourage better training of crews; make it possible for contractors to purchase and operate better savings in cost and overhead as will eventually be reflected in lower prices for curb and gutter work. The suggested design found in the article has the advantage of offering generally accepted batters, slopes and curb widths while providing flexibility of height of face and width of gutter. The trend seems to be toward a 24 inch gutter, the cost of which is offset by the cost of pavement replaced and by the cost of maintaining pavement edges where water overflows the narrower widths. The 4/12 batter is recommended as being in accordance with present automobile design. Steeper batters tend to interfere with body trim, hubcaps, and lower door edges. On city and residential streets a curb face in excess of 6 inches in height is found to prevent the full opening of many automobile doors.