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America’s 15 Most Accessible Cities

These cities are the easiest to navigate for people in wheelchairs or with mobility challenges.

March 15, 2024 - Yahoo Finance

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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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How Urban Design and Infrastructure Affects Public Health and Dignity

Poor infrastructure can have powerful impacts on how different groups access resources and experience the public realm.

July 26, 2021 - Forbes

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What Is the Americans With Disabilities Act?

The effects of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act are visible throughout the built environment—on sidewalks, on buses, and in almost every building and public facility in the country.

February 17, 2021 - plnz-admin

Accesible Mobility

Gaps Remain as Americans With Disabilities Act Approaches its 30th Anniversary

Public transit agencies around the country have made a lot of progress in providing access for people with disabilities, but there is a lot of work left to ensure to the full freedoms of mobility.

June 30, 2020 - The Washington Post

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The Case for Gender Mainstreaming in Transportation Planning

Like the curb cut effect achieved by the Americans With Disabilities Act, which benefitted a much larger cross-section of the population than the legislation originally intended, gender mainstreaming could multiply benefits in the public realm.

October 14, 2019 - MinnPost

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A Guide to Universal Design in the Public Realm

New universal design guidelines go a step beyond complete streets.

September 24, 2019 - Curbed

Accesible Mobility

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!

Americans With Disabilities Act

'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

Wheelchair Accessible

New York's Public Transit Still Failing to Provide Access By Wheelchair

The New York Times provides interactive and first-person accounts of the city's failure to provide public transportation to people with disabilities.

March 30, 2017 - The New York Times

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How Equitable Infrastructure Investments Benefit Everyone

A call for the country to focus its infrastructure investments to the most vulnerable and neglected populations—and watch the benefits compound.

December 21, 2016 - Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.