The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore:
It’s Hard Just to Get Around

Jul 19, 2021

Disabled Baltimore residents and supporters sued the city in June over its inaccessible sidewalks. The city’s own transportation department reports that only 1.3% of over 37,000 sidewalk curb ramps comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Meanwhile, one in 11 people in Baltimore has a disability that affects their walking. It’s hard to get around when utility poles are situated right in the middle of sidewalks or there are high curbs at crosswalks.

But where is the profit in making sidewalks and curb cuts easy to use for people with wheelchairs, walkers, canes—or baby strollers?