No Handicapped Parking on Broadway
"I have quite a few customers that are regulars that don't come as often because they don't get around as well," complained business owner Jenny Dubinski.
Officials said the city has not added any spots in at least the past two years because Broadway sidewalks are too high so it would be too expensive to make them handicapped-accessible. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act sets the standards.
"The ADA does not require that you replace everything that already exists but, if you're going to work on that area, then you have to make it compliant," explained Margarce Buckler of the Columbia Disabilities Commission, which meets only when someone asks for another handicapped parking space.
Another option is for disabled drivers to buy a tag from the city which lets them park in any downtown space.