Susan B. Boucher: Doesn’t speak for ‘disabled community’

Published: 09-04-2023 5:50 PM

Regarding Ben Weil’s recent guest column [“Downtown designed for people,” Gazette, Aug. 30]: I’m not sure where Mr. Weil acquired his broadly stated facts about the potential Main Street redesign, but I give him credit for appearing to be well researched and informed.

However, I take issue with his statement regarding the use of public transportation by people with disabilities: “Moreover, it is well known that people with disabilities are more likely than those without to use public transit rather than cars.” As a mobility limited elder, if I can’t drive to it and park near it, I don’t go to it. “The disability community,” to use his phrase, encompasses a variety of ages and limitations.

I find this view for that aspect of the redesign narrow at best. My suggestion is that the writer actually consult with those of us who now gingerly navigate our streets to determine what improvements would be most welcomed.

Susan B. Boucher

Florence

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