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New Guidelines Bring Clarity to Accessibility Requirements

The new rules could help bridge the gaps in accessibility infrastructure and ADA compliance, making roads and sidewalks safer for everyone.

September 21, 2023 - Strong Towns

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ADA Compliance Slowly Makes Headway

Decades of advocacy are paying off, but it often takes legal action to force cities to make accessibility improvements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act over thirty years ago.

May 4, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

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Why Accessible Sidewalks Fall by the Wayside

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act more than 30 years ago, most U.S. cities delay making accessibility improvements to sidewalks until activists bring them to court.

November 15, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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Following Lawsuit, Philadelphia to Add or Fix 10,000 Curb Cuts

Disability rights advocates won a settlement that directs the city to improve accessibility on its public roads over the next 15 years.

October 19, 2022 - WHYY

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Report: Dallas Needs $54 Million in Sidewalk Ramps and Crosswalk Repairs

The city, which recently adopted a Vision Zero action plan, has one of the nation’s highest pedestrian fatality rates.

June 29, 2022 - FOX 4 News

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Federal Government to Enforce Accessibility Guidelines

Local agencies will soon be tasked with adhering to federal right-of-way accessibility rules: comprehensive guidelines for accessible streets and sidewalks.

December 30, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

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New Orleans Facing ADA Lawsuit for State of Sidewalks and Lack of Curb Cuts

The city of New Orleans' compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act compliance is too little, too late, according to the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit.

February 10, 2021 - NOLA.com

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A Look at Accessibility in Atlanta

A wheelchair user describes what it's like to travel on Atlanta streets and on the city's public transit system.

December 28, 2019 - Atlanta

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Pedestrian Planning Changing the Public Realm in Vancouver

A renewed commitment to pedestrian friendly infrastructure is changing the face of Vancouver and making space for more density.

September 16, 2019 - The Globe and Mail

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An App to Map the City's Most Accessible Routes

Google Maps is built for able-bodied people, but the AccessMap Seattle app is for everyone.

September 12, 2019 - Yes!

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New York City Settles in 'Historic' ADA Lawsuit

A lawsuit has forced New York City to invest significant funds and people power to making the public realm more accessible to people with disabilities.

July 25, 2019 - Politico

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'Project Sidewalk' Crowdsources ADA Compliance

A crowdsourcing app allows citizens to hold the public realm to higher standards of access and mobility.

April 27, 2019 - Crosscut

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No Safe Options Mean Pedestrians Engage in Risky Behavior

Pedestrians are often blamed first for accidents, but they have few choices when the infrastructure is lacking, a new study shows.

January 10, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

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ADA Compliance Delayed in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is part of Project Civic Access, a federal initiative to make public facilities accessible. Making the changes necessary for compliance has been challenging for the city.

November 28, 2018 - The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)

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New Equipment and Staff for 'Non-Motorized Trail' Snow Removal Acquired in D.C.

A common wintertime compliant about snow removal for cars taking priority over bike lanes and sidewalks might be a little less common this winter.

November 20, 2018 - WTOP

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Portland to Upgrade Sidewalks in ADA Settlement

The city will survey every one of its 37,000 street corners for compliance.

May 22, 2018 - Oregon Live

Jersey City Demolition Ban Is All About the 'Bayonne Box'

An inexpensive architectural style is deemed unfit for a town looking to preserve its history—and become a more sophisticated city.

April 4, 2018 - The Jersey Journal

Court Decision Forces Seattle to Improve Sidewalk Infrastructure

The city of Seattle has finally been compelled to maintain pedestrian infrastructure in keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 26, 2017 - The Urbanist

Front Yards Are For Lawns, Not Cars, City Says

Queens and Brooklyn homeowners may soon be prohibited from converting front yards into parking pads if a set of regulations is approved. The loss of street parking from new curb cuts was cited as a reason, along with aesthetics.

November 23, 2009 - New York Times-N.Y./Region (blog)

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