LEGAL ACTION REMAINS AN EFFECTIVE “URBAN PLANNING TOOL” FOR UNIVERSAL DESIGN

Despite a robust Complete Streets movement and a growing emphasis on accessible design, the surest path to ADA compliance in America is still through legal threat. A generation after the Americans with Disabilities Act, cities across the United States are still broadly inaccessible to many residents. As an example, broken sidewalks and steep curbs endanger people who are blind or use wheelchairs. When it comes to universal design, the most effective urban planning tool still appears to be the threat of legal action. Read the report at http://bit.ly/1PYPl5Q for a look at what happened in two communities that were investigated and forced to comply. City leaders nationwide should be reviewing local situations before residents resort to legal actions.