Story in The Coloradoan promotes visitability
Concrete Change founder Eleanor Smith says,
Many new articles in the press these days reference
Visitability and/or Universal Design. Below is a good example, from
the March 20, 2006 Fort Collins, CO, daily newspaper.
There are a couple
of inaccuracies, however. For instance, it says that universal design was
introduced in Atlanta. In fact, UD was introduced in Raleigh NC,
and Visitability in Atlanta, at about the same time and without
either group knowing of the other for a couple of years.
EVERY house required to have access in the cities listed, which the
I also question the cost figures stated by some
builders in the article, since they are too high unless some factors
are involved the article is not mentioning. For instance, saying
basic access costs "2 or 3 percent" of the cost of the home does not
compute, since incorporating the same features is not going to cost
$2,000 for a 100K home and $8,000 for a 600K home--even if certain
features in the high-end home such as the entryway are made with
higher cost materials like flagstone instead of concrete
most serious error is to let stand the statement that keeping water
from running into the home is highly complex. When folks assert
that to me, I usually counter with "Does water run into the new bank?
The new Burger King?" And one can also reference Bolingbrook IL,
with its snowy winters, where water has not been a problem in the
thosands of homes built. (A few have received exemptions based on
terrain, but that constitutes less than 3 percent.) As to cost,
Bolingbrook city officials are stating a cost of about $300 for all
the features--and the homes are built over basements.
With all the above caveats, I still think the article moves the
concept forward well.
From The Coloradoan, March 20, 2006
Homes for all abilities:
Disabled access slowly catches on
By PAT FERRIER
It galls Kimberly Stenberg that some of her friends can't visit her
With steps in and out of her front door, the home is inaccessible to
her friends in wheelchairs.
Stenberg is frustrated that six years after the city first started
talking about building homes accessible for the disabled and
nondisabled, only a handful of builders have jumped on board.
"As an able-bodied person with friends who have physical
limitations, it absolutely makes me crazy they can't come party at
my house....Read rest of story.
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