[Cross-posted at CREECblog.]
Every summer or so, we visit my brother and his family at their place in Maine. To do this, we generally fly into Boston and then drive the four hours from Logan to mid-coast Maine. The first three hours are on I-95; the last hour or so on Route 1 from Brunswick to Thomaston. It has long struck me, as we meander up the barely two-lane road — often at 30 mph behind a giant RV or tractor — the amazing number of very small businesses that have ramps.
This past weekend I made the trip with no deadline and no one else in the car, so I had the time* to take some photos of these examples of readily-achievableness. (Ready achievability?)**
Disclaimer, because every now and again some defense-side attorney (hi, guys!) may read this: I did not evaluate these ramps for compliance with the Standards. I don’t know their dimensions or slope. If you try to introduce this as evidence in one of my cases, I will file a Motion for Judicial Notice of Completely Missing the Point.
The first couple were actually near Manchester, NH, where I had taken a detour to visit a college classmate.
These next two are churches, which aren’t even covered by the ADA (unless they have some sort of commercial business on the side):
Onward to Rte 1:
This actually might have been someone’s house. Along Route 1, the distinction between house and business is often sort of vague.
Just north of Wiscasset.
Jean Kigel Studio, Damariscotta.
Cheap cigarettes in Waldoboro.
Somewhere south of Thomaston.
The Hair Loft, Warren, Maine.
Unidentified business, Warren:
The famous Moody’s Diner, Waldoboro:
Ralph’s Homes, Waldoboro:
Random business south of Waldoboro:
The Nobleboro Antique Exchange:
So next time you hear some fancy store or chain claim that it’s not readily achievable to ramp their business, here are some examples to, in legal terminology, call baloney.***
* My leisurely pace turned out to have been a good plan for another reason: when I got to my brother’s house, he and his family were out and their house was guarded by their snarling goldendoodle. Seriously. This dog
exiled me to the hammock until my hosts returned to chaperone my canine interaction.
I was not suffering:
** Under the ADA, buildings built after January 26, 1993 were required to be accessible. 42 U.S.C. § 12183(a). Those built before that date and not altered since must remove barriers — by, for example, ramping entrances that are only accessible by steps — where it is “readily achievable” to do so. 42 U.S.C. § 12182(b)(2)(A)(iv).
*** I might have used a different word if not for the cross-posting, but I’m trying to keep it clean on CREECblog.
Live these pictures! Can I share them with colleagues for our Healthy, Livable RuralCommunities web page? We have done some research here on how businesses in rural and frontier communities may not be in full compliance with ADA, but care enough to implement readily achievable improvements which make things “negotiable” for pwd. Thanks for taking the time to make all these stops and fully earn your hammock time!
Marsha – share away! I’d love that. Thanks!