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    top 20 accessible cities ........

    http://www.christopherreeve.org/site...hair_Users.htm

    How wheelchair livable is your city? What makes a city livable in your mind? Tell us!
    The cities named are as follows, in ranked order:
    1. Seattle, Wash.
    2. Albuquerque, N.M.
    3. Reno, Nev.
    4. Denver, Colo.
    5. Portland, Ore.
    6. Chicago, Ill.
    7. Birmingham, Ala.
    8. Winston-Salem, N.C.
    9. Orlando, Fla.
    10. Lubbock, Texas
    11. Miami, Fla.
    12. Tampa, Fla.
    13. Durham, N.C.
    14. Fort Worth, Texas
    15. Virginia Beach, Va.
    16. Arlington, Texas
    17. Baltimore, Md.
    18. New Orleans, La.
    19. Arlington, Va.
    20. Atlanta, Ga.

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    No Austin Texas? Fort Lauderdale has an entire fleet of accessible taxis...

    hmmm.

    Quote Originally Posted by GJ2 View Post
    http://www.christopherreeve.org/site...hair_Users.htm

    How wheelchair livable is your city? What makes a city livable in your mind? Tell us!
    The cities named are as follows, in ranked order:
    1. Seattle, Wash.
    2. Albuquerque, N.M.
    3. Reno, Nev.
    4. Denver, Colo.
    5. Portland, Ore.
    6. Chicago, Ill.
    7. Birmingham, Ala.
    8. Winston-Salem, N.C.
    9. Orlando, Fla.
    10. Lubbock, Texas
    11. Miami, Fla.
    12. Tampa, Fla.
    13. Durham, N.C.
    14. Fort Worth, Texas
    15. Virginia Beach, Va.
    16. Arlington, Texas
    17. Baltimore, Md.
    18. New Orleans, La.
    19. Arlington, Va.
    20. Atlanta, Ga.
    And the truth shall set you free.

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    I beg to differ. Atlanta is MUCH more accessible than New Orleans and Vegas didnt even make the list, but Birmingham and Albuquerque did. Clearly these folks haven't spent much time in these cities.
    C5-6 - 22 years

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    What, New York City was left off the list?!

    At least as far as weather is concerned (the survey's #1 criterion), it's hard to see how San Diego didn't make the cut.

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    Wow what a horible list!! Seattle is #1 LMAO. I love Seattle and lived there for 21 years. It rains most of the time and the hills can be impossible to push up. I would not put it any where near the top. How can they say they tried to "avoid cities with extremes in temperature or snowfall" and put Chicago and Denver on there? There are some good ones on there but they sure did miss a ton.

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    I'm 10min east of Winston-Salem, NC & have been to several others listed. That list is a fail.

    Although, their criteria:

    First we looked at how hospitable a city's climate is for those living with paralysis and tried to avoid cities with extremes in temperature or snowfall. Then we ranked the cities based on their air quality, number of physicians, rehab specialists and rehab centers, accessible fitness and recreation facilities and paratransit systems.

    We also looked to see if the city population contained large numbers of physically disabled people and whether those people have been able to get employment.

    Lastly, we examined the age of the city (old building are harder to make accessible) and checked out the spending and eligibility requirements for Medicaid.

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    Hey, we're no 1 in something. Yea Seattle.

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    epic fail on that list. new orleans is a joke. the sidewalks are old & broken up. the city spends no money on maintaining them. and lubbock? really? there's nothing there to be accessible. who goes to lubbock? besides the occasional horned-toad.

    vegas should be top 5.

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    I'm with BJH and Wheelz, they must have thrown darts at the map and come up with a list. Seattle is most definitely not the #1 place you want to get around in a wheelchair. Start downtown and see how many blocks you make it, make sure it's raining too which is likely. If accessible housing was in fact a criteria, someone please clue me in where it is. Most houses I go to are on steep hills with no parking, have stairs and skinny doorways. This a CDRF article?

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