I hate when there's talk of making a city less car-centric and somebody chimes in with "Well what about disabled people!? They need cars!" as a gotcha, like there aren't a fuckton of disabled people who need more buses, curb cuts, and crosswalks to navigate the city, or longer lights to cross, or sound and tactile cues to let them know where they are. There are many kinds of conditions with different kinds of needs, and being driven around everywhere addresses only a certain subset of this, not to mention the class issue of who can afford a car or who has access to someone who can drive them.

And I am speaking about this as somebody who is able-bodied, but who spent their childhood caring for adults in wheelchairs, one who had cancer and another who had a stroke and glaucoma, and later my father who could barely walk and who didn't own a car, so finding subway stops with elevators became a priority.

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Adding benches so people can sit is also a disability issue. Having freely available public restrooms is also a disability issue. Having clean water fountains is a disability issue. All of these things would also make cities more walkable and they would make them more friendly to people who are living on the street.

@ancient_domains_of_word Indeed! And on the base of it all, using say only half of the street and parking area for buildings and thus making the city much more dense is also a disability issue, because that would dramatically shorten the average trips and thus making walking and cycling more viable option to those who are able to walk and cycle short trips but not long trips.

@ancient_domains_of_word I've deeply felt all of these things this past year and a half, and I'm able bodied…

i was just mildly inconvenienced by a smol child.
finding a place where you can change a kid, have a piss, or drink some water when every coffee shop, restaurant, shop etc has either closed, or doesn't allow access to facilities because of a pandemic?

wow that sucks

i wonder how homeless people cope, huh?

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