1. 14th Street Mall
The newly renovated 14th Street Mall, at 14th Street and Montgomery in north city, is a good example of design that takes accessibility into account -- the curb cuts are flat, and people in wheelchairs or parents pushing strollers don't have to veer into traffic to cross the street.
2. St. Louis Federal Reserve Building
This curb ramp in front of the Federal Reserve downtown is properly accessible. However, as gadfly Steve Patterson points out on his blog, urbanreviewstl.com, if you cross the street, the sidewalk facing you lacks a curb cut -- meaning anyone in a wheelchair leaving the building's nice little ramp could end up stranded in the middle of the street.
In Patterson's eyes, this isn't a case of something constructed before the Americans with Disabilities Act that no one had money to fix. The federal government actually spent $90 million, Patterson writes, to upgrade the building and create a pedestrian plaza. "So the Federal Reserve spent $90 million but they couldn't include a couple of curb ramps in newly poured concrete? Unacceptable!" he writes.
4. The Pageant
The parking lot next to the Pageant on Delmar Boulevard has numerous handicapped parking spaces, with ramps for full accessibility.
6. Giovanni's on the Hill
According to city records, a patron of Giovanni's on the Hill filed a complaint with the Citizen's Service Bureau in November 2006. Among other things, the complaint stated that the restaurant's "steps are oversized with no hand rails; [the] citizen was using a cane instead of [a] wheelchair and said it was most difficult getting around." Because there was no construction work in progress at the restaurant, however, the city had no jurisdiction to force the restaurant to make changes. The city closed out the complaint.
8. University City Parking Meters
In response to ADA-related complaints, University City lowered its parking meters to 42 inches earlier this year. U. City's plan drew some blowback from RFT readers. "The modification to these meters to accommodate those who are disabled is probably the right thing to do," one reader wrote, "However, my question as someone familiar with snow removal procedures: How many inches of snow will it take to now cover those meters, after the roads have been plowed?"
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