In this 1993 image, the front of a women's clinic revealed a front door that had been accessible via a two-step stoop, which made accessibility an issue for the mobility-challenged visitors (PHIL 9018 - 9021). This prompted the installation of a temporary plywood ramp at first (PHIL 9022 - 9026), which was later replaced by the permanent mortar and brick ramp seen here, as it was being used by a wheelchair-seated visitor (also see PHIL 9027 and 9029). This concrete structure was not the perfect solution, for it lacked adequate maneuvering room near the clinic doorway. It also clearly appeared as an add-on, or after-the-fact solution that protruded into the wide sidewalk, while attempting to blend in with the existing buildings by using brick, colored concrete, and wrought iron rails. Stairs had also been provided.
CDC/ Center for Universal Design
November 20, 2012
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