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Madeline the Edifying ([personal profile] zdashamber) wrote in [community profile] accessibility_fail2015-06-02 04:33 pm

How to build an accessible neighborhood?

Housing prices are heinous in the Bay Area and I live in Mountain View, where there are other people who realize we need to build more housing. We elected pro-housing people to the City Council, and there's a push to put in a dense neighborhood with multi-story housing and shops into the (currently hella boring 1-2 story) office park that Google lives in. There will be meetings this summer (one is set for Saturday July 25th at the Senior Center) to get public input into how this neighborhood should look/work; it might be possible to reroute streets, build bridges across the highway, all kinds of things.

What kinds of things would make it accessible? Things like:
  • wheelchair-accessible units
  • sidewalks on the main housing area wide enough for two wheelchairs to roll side by side
  • shop doors right at street level
  • chirping intersection markers that go off on their own (no button)
  • indents where the bus can pull in, out of traffic, next to the sidewalk
  • ...what else?
Is there stuff I don't have to mention because the ADA covers it? Who should I definitely reach out to so they can come advocate also?

(Edited to remove my own accessibility fail in language, sorry all)

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