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Restaurants take over sidewalks ignoring people with disabilities

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Restaurants take over sidewalks ignoring people with disabilities

When New York began allowing outdoor activities in June, Emily Ladau, 29, ventured out in her Long Island town of West Babylon after long months of staying inside because of the novel coronavirus. But her moment in the sun was marred — as a wheelchair user, she found that restaurants spilling over onto the sidewalk blocked her path.

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Two Blind Brothers Taking Care of Business

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Two Blind Brothers Taking Care of Business

For Bradford and Bryan Manning, AKA Two Blind Brothers, the business idea began with a coincidence. “In 2016 I had just moved to Manhattan with my job selling banking software, and my brother, Bradford, was showing me around downtown," explains Bryan. "At one point we wandered into Bloomingdales, and that’s when we got separated.” Here Bradford picks up the story: “We finally caught up with each other outside the store. We both had shopping bags…and inside each was the exact same t-shirt. Same color, same design, the very same fabric.”

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Illegal Pot Shops Still Have to Follow Access Laws, Suits Argue

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Illegal Pot Shops Still Have to Follow Access Laws, Suits Argue

Since September, a San Diego man has filed nine lawsuits against properties hosting unpermitted marijuana storefronts, alleging landlords are discriminating against disabled customers. Illegal storefronts likely have a higher incentive to settle such suits rather go to court, which would make their existence much more conspicuous. Karel Spikes wanted to buy marijuana. He just couldn’t get his wheelchair through the door. Since September, the San Diego-based entertainer has filed nine civil rights lawsuits against properties hosting unpermitted marijuana storefronts. Citing state and federal disability laws, Spikes alleges that the landlords are discriminating against people like him because they haven’t provided...

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Suits Target San Diego Pot Shops Over Disability Access

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Suits Target San Diego Pot Shops Over Disability Access

Illegal pot shops around the county tend to pop up faster than authorities can shut them down. But even when a business is operating without a permit, it’s still supposed to adhere to laws aimed at providing access to the disabled. One disabled San Diego resident has targeted nine illegal storefronts so far with lawsuits alleging they discriminated against him by not providing him proper access, VOSD’s Jesse Marx reports. Some of the shops have opted to pay the man to settle, rather than risk being dragged into court, where their existence would become much more visible. One landlord, though, is fighting the...

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Does ADA Even Apply to Sidewalks?

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By Janne Flisrand       Janne Flisrand spends her time thinking about how people interact with the space around them. Why do they (or don't they) walk or bike or shop somewhere? How do spaces feel? Why do people sit here and not there? Why bus instead of bike, bike instead of drive? What sorts of spaces build community, and what sorts kills it? Can spaces build civic trust and engagement? Does ADA Even Apply to Sidewalks? I live just off Franklin, and have regularly bussed and biked along it for decades. One day many years ago, I was surprised to...

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