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Get me inta here!

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 30th, 2013 - 18 comments
Categories: discrimination, Environment - Tags: ,

Anyone got any good reasons as to why people who can’t walk, or why people pushing prams, or whatever, shouldn’t be able to access buildings and move around city environments with ease?

I can think of a few shit reasons – thoughtless planners and penny pinching being a couple.

But I can’t think of any good reasons.

So, maybe we shouldn’t let idiot planners, architects and bureaucrats free reign and insist that the Christchurch rebuild is intelligent and thoughtful.

You can sign a petition to that effect by following the link from the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group’s page which is here.

18 comments on “Get me inta here!”

  1. Rogue Trooper 1

    Barriers : A Disabling Society.
    http://www.odi.govt.nz/resources/publications/nzds/discussion-document/barriers.html
    -Te Tari Mo Nga Take Hauatanga.

  2. karol 2

    Most of us are only temporarily able bodied. The architects and planners must think they will be forever able bodied: in denial, and lacking awareness of others.

    • rich the other 2.1

      Well put Karol , good access is a wright and must be well planned for.
      I enjoy the Great Outdoors but I am struggling to understand why the greens are so opposed to a monorail into Fiord land , it’s everybody’s wright to have proper access to buildings ,so why not fiord land , at my age it is impossible to walk through fiord land just as it’s impossible to climb steps.
      If the monorail consent is declined it will amount to discrimination of the less abled and disabled.

      • Tracey 2.1.1

        you need to ask nick smith, not karol.

      • tricledrwown 2.1.2

        rich pull the other the problem is its only going to benefit the developer and very few others its all designed to fill the developers lodge with tourists while Te Anau will miss out.
        not many ordinary people will be able to use the service the time saving and scenery improvements are nonexistent.
        the less abled won’t be abled to use this monorail either half the trek is over very rough roads and floodable streams in very tight quarters of the back of a uncomfortable 4wd.
        at no doubt exorbitant prices.

  3. Tat Loo (CV) 3

    I cannot believe they are doing this to Christchurch. Find out the major architects who have been used for these plans and start emailing and calling them with complaints, is also another suggestion.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    Ironic post title given the widespread inaccessibility of The Standard today. Looks like a few people still made it through, though.

    I couldn’t find any other alternative channel for The Standard, either on twitter or on facebook.

  5. newsense 5

    why were there problems getting to the Standard?

  6. JK 6

    And where is the comment page for today please ?

  7. red blooded 7

    Temporary problems accessing a website are irritating, but don’t let’s elevate them into the category of disabling, folks. Hey, look! We’re all able to move around with ease again. Wouldn’t it be nice for all in ChCh to have a reasonable level of access to the new built environment.

  8. Tracey 8

    People need to remember that many disabled are such due to illness accident or age rather than birth. Too many people in nz view our society as though it is for everyone how it is for them in that moment.

    perhaps people need to keep in mind tgheold saying

    there but for the grace of god go I.

    • Bill 8.1

      Maybe we don’t have to that so much as just be minimally bloody thoughtful when designing shit. I’m sure you could list all manner of fucked up designs from when you were a kid that meant you couldn’t access or use stuff properly. Same thing…bullshit and thoughtless design and no excuse for it.

      • Tracey 8.1.1

        because most designers are designing to a developers budget and dont think about accessibility.

  9. Rogue Trooper 9

    height of door handles for example :)

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    testing ‘reply’ to Bill button

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