Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wouldn't you think...

...that a monument built to honor the only American president in a wheelchair would at least be wheelchair accessible?

From an article in today's Times (my emphasis):

Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park opened on Roosevelt Island four years ago, City Hall has been arguing with the nonprofit group that built and runs the park over whether it is fully accessible to disabled people.

The little-known dispute has now reached an impasse, with the de Blasio administration declaring categorically that the park is not accessible and needs to be fixed.

President Roosevelt himself would have been unable to use a 12-by-60-foot sunken terrace at the southernmost end of the memorial. He was paralyzed from the waist down and depended on a wheelchair for mobility.

Sheesh! That's kind of like opening up a "Ronald Reagan" memorial candy store without jelly beans. Well, not really, but you get the idea.

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