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Ah. OK. OK this Criden sound of a minority group trying to make an impact on the larger society. But these were not war protesters or blacks or women. Instead the skyway across seven straight from the IDF center to Donaldson's was filled with people in wheelchairs and on crutches their signs read. How can we fit around wheel on a square step. The problem with skyways is we can't use them and we don't like snow and cold either. At the bottom of seven steps leading into Donaldson's Farnum spoke for the United handicapped Federation. There have been 10 skyways constructed in downtown Minneapolis. When completed the system will include 76 primary and feeder skyways. Five or half the existing skyways. Are inaccessible because of steps stairs. In one case an escalator. These five are located in key positions in the proposed system thus effectively reducing the usability of the entire system. Even if future
construction is barrier free the city council is seen fit to pass a resolution that will help ensure that future construction will be barrier free. But unless something is done about the existing inaccessible skyways we the handicapped still have only half the system. Do you know a good Hindi cat. Oh we do have people. Who keep. Teasing me. Oh God. Oh yes I'm going to have both. Our. Own use. Them too. Do you. Feel lonely.
Oh. Good to. Believe. This will be a handicap say they're America's new angry minority that the skyway issue is just one of many they'll press in the months and years ahead. UHF president Audrey Benson said today the dream of a totally accessible environment will become a reality even if we have to embarrass every non complying architect builder and corporate executive in the process. This is Dick Daley.
Series
MPR News Feature
Program
Skyway protest focuses on accessibility for handicapped
Contributing Organization
Minnesota Public Radio (St. Paul, Minnesota)
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This audio clip covers a 1974 protest in downtown Minneapolis by supporters of the United Handicapped Federation over the issue of inaccessible skyways. Jeff Farnum spoke for the United Handicapped Federation (UHF) and said ten skyways have been constructed in downtown Minneapolis, but half are inaccessible due to steps or escalators. This reduces usability of the entire system even if future construction is barrier-free. The city council has passed a resolution so future construction will be barrier-free but existing skyways need attention. Audrey Benson, president of the UHF, asks "Are we going to remain invisible? Are we going to allow them to deny us the usability of Minneapolis?" Benson said the dream of a totally accessible environment will become a reality even if they have to embarrass every noncomplying architect builder and corporate executive in the process.
Broadcast Date
1974-11-21
Asset type
Program
Genres
News
Topics
News
Architecture
Politics and Government
Subjects
Social Issues : 14000000-:Disabled : 14004000; Economy, Business and Finance : 04000000-:Construction and property : 04004000-:Design and engineering : 04004007; Crime, Law and Justice : 02000000-:Justice and rights : 02007000-:Civil rights : 02007001
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Sound
Duration
00:02:44
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Credits
Release Agent: Minnesota Public Radio
Wardrobe: Farnum, Jeff(Speaker); Benson, Audrey(Speaker); Minnesota Public Radio(Reporter)
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KSJN-FM (Minnesota Public Radio)
Identifier: file_metadata_10399877 (MPR File Name)
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Duration: 0:02:45
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Chicago: “MPR News Feature; Skyway protest focuses on accessibility for handicapped,” 1974-11-21, Minnesota Public Radio, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed July 21, 2024, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-43-js9h41k04c.
MLA: “MPR News Feature; Skyway protest focuses on accessibility for handicapped.” 1974-11-21. Minnesota Public Radio, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. July 21, 2024. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-43-js9h41k04c>.
APA: MPR News Feature; Skyway protest focuses on accessibility for handicapped. Boston, MA: Minnesota Public Radio, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-43-js9h41k04c