Walkways, paths, patios, planting strips

Some runoff can soak in if the strip between sidewalk and street is kept permeable — especially if plantings or pavers are slightly below the level of the sidewalk. Click images to enlarge.
Planter strip with slightly sunken plantingPlanting strip with cobblesBricks set in sand, with space between them, let some rain soak in.
Below, some of the many ways paths and patios can let rain soak in.
Pavers with spaces between them allow some water to soak in
Gravel walkway with colorful, drought-tolerant plants
Spaces between stones let rain soak in.Walkway to front door with space between flat stones