In some circles, questions of accessibility hardly come up. If they do, they tend to be discussed with respect to leisure or convenience (e.g. “wouldn’t it be nice if we could stroll down the block to get a cup of coffee?”). For others, however, accessibility is a matter of well-being and perhaps even survival (e.g. “how will I get to work today?” or “where can my children go to play outside?”). While there are many ways to approach the topic of accessibility and numerous modes of transportation to highlight, perhaps none are more ostensibly simplistic than walking. Yet, a cursory view of sidewalk conditions and even presence in Little Rock’s neighborhoods reveals a highly uneven geography of pedestrian access. How did it get this way? What are the pathways forward? This talk will consider the past, present, and future of pedestrian accessibility in Little Rock, AR.
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