The installation of ramps in order to level the pavement was supposed to be an effort and an act to help wheelchair users stroll the sidewalks with less difficulty. Unfortunately, the ramps are placed in the wrong areas leading people to nowhere.
In Detroit, there were about more than 50 sets of wheelchair ramps already set up. These ramps were installed to make the paths of wheelchair users less rough and bumpy. But the thing with these smooth planes is that they were placed in areas that are not that significant. Most of the ramps already installed granted access to empty lots and other places that are not quite worthy of visit and other ramps were the end point of a sidewalk.
It has been reported that the wheelchair ramps are being built and installed as part of a ten-year effort to encourage and persuade Detroit to comply with the US citizens and the Disabilities Act. But the attempts and efforts were being criticized as the city, which has been reported to be nearing bankruptcy, puts ramps in places that are less traveled, while those areas with heavier traffic and are frequented by people lack many of these valuable ramps.
Many citizens have been voicing out their anger and concern about how the city has been irresponsibly and foolishly spending taxes and installing ramps in areas that lead to nowhere. Inene Laverne, aged 50, is one of the many people who have been greatly disappointed by the ramps being placed in locations that are not regularly visited and have little traffic. She has been using a wheelchair for years and the sidewalks near her home in Midtown are not really good for wheelchairs and she has been having a tough time going around her neighborhood.
According to Detroit News, the city has already spent about $30 million for almost a decade to build more than 20,000 ramps. And according to officials, in order to build and install more ramps, approximately 50,000 of those smooth planes, a mind boggling amount of $60 million must be disbursed. The ramps are said to be worth about $10,000 when installed in a single intersection or curb.
Truly, the intention of putting those ramps is helpful and admirable – to make paths less rough and uneven for wheelchair users. Granting universal, easy, and smooth access to areas that they need to go to is one thing that a city must do.
However, the areas that are frequented by chair users still lack working ramps and it’s been a long while since Detroit signed an arrangement and agreed with the United States Department of Justice to build wheelchair ramps in every curb and sidewalk in the city. But to the dismay of many, the ramps are being installed in places that are of no use making the ramps lead to nowhere.