Advocates Sue Detroit Over Problems With New Curb Cuts
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 28, 2005
DETROIT, MICHIGAN--Disability rights advocates are suing the City of Detroit for discriminating against them in violation of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Detroit News reported that the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America filed the suit Thursday in U.S. District Court claiming that sidewalks and curb cuts at recently resurfaced intersections are too dangerous to use because they are either too steep, uneven, defective, or completely nonexistent.
Those access problems force wheelchair users to travel into the street or stay home. The suit reportedly asks the court to force the city to make the curb cuts and sidewalks safe and accessible.
"The complaint sets out hundreds of examples of defective curb ramps installed by the city in the last year and a half," said J. Mark Finnegan, the attorney who filed the lawsuit.
The city is already dealing with a lawsuit filed in August 2004 over its failure to provide buses that are accessible to riders with disabilities. This past spring, the U.S. Department of Justice joined five Detroit area transit riders in that ADA suit.
Earlier this month, disability advocates in Chicago filed a similar suit against that city for violating their rights by having missing, damaged, and steep curb ramps that make sidewalks too dangerous for wheelchair users.
"Wheelchair users sue Detroit" (Detroit News)