Common Ground Found For New Urbanists and the Disabled
"For [Andrés] Duany, the Miami architect, and for Eleanor Smith, the Atlanta-based founder of the disability rights organization Concrete Change, the charrette turned into an opportunity to forge agreement on at least some elements of a joint agenda. As a result of the discussions, Duany acted to "ensure that all mandates for elevated entries will be removed from the SmartCode," said Scott Ball, charrette project manager for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. (DPZ).
'What I'm happy about is that there's been a shift in the thinking,' Smith said at the conclusion of the week-long charrette. 'The dialogue was really different - more cooperative and less antagonistic than in the past. So hopefully we're at a turning point.
Over the past several years, Concrete Change has criticized new urbanist house and apartment building designs that put entrances one or more steps above ground level - a height that makes porches more habitable and give interiors more privacy from the street, but at the expense of preventing wheelchair-bound people from entering."
Thanks to Renee Brutvan