When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, the standards were a long overdue addition to building and development codes. However, these requirements have moved away from a standard that provides fully accessible buildings and amenities for all. Instead, designers and code enforcers, citing ADA, unnecessarily and blindly apply the standards to entire sites, rather than on the “accessible route.”
If we were to paint ADA in San Francisco with the same broad brush applied in other locales, there would be nothing left to marvel at other than the monstrosity of switchbacks and engineered ramps consuming the city.
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