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Philadelphia's Walk On The Wild Side

Philadelphia is one of the most walkable American cities, providing pedestrians with easy access to all the city has to offer. At least, that's what civic boosters love to claim. But anyone who actually tries to stroll, amble, or promenade through city understands that a Philadelphia walkabout is not as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. And, for anyone who faces mobility challenges, the Philadelphia sidewalks-scape can be harrowing and even life threatening.

A recently filed federal lawsuit claims that Philadelphia's sidewalks are so bad that they violate the law that protects individuals with disabilities. One of the plaintiffs stated, "Philadelphia's failure to create and maintain accessible paths of travel has made it difficult -- and, at times, impossible -- for me to go to work, school, and church, and has prevented me from being able to fully experience life in Philadelphia with my family." That sounds painfully accurate.