The SouthSide Works is a big attraction. But if you’re in a wheelchair, don't turn down Tunnel Boulevard —
unless you want to ride out in the boulevard.
I walked down the sidewalk yesterday on my way to the new riverfront park and had a narrow little strip of pavement between cafe tables and the curb. I thought, “Man, if I were in a wheelchair I’d be pretty steamed about this.”
I talked to a staffer at Claddagh Irish Pub, whose tables they are, and he said he had heard someone complain wasn't sure if a solution was pending. He was very sympathetic.
The Soffer Organization owns the SouthSide Works and apparently does not have to ensure that its sidewalk spacing complies with standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Joanna Doven, the mayor's spokesman, said the city dos not have purview. I haven’t heard back from Soffer.
The sidewalk should be wider to accommodate the outdoor business that fills those tables on nice evenings and to accommodate people in wheelchairs and to accommodate the street trees. There's plenty of space between Tunnel Boulevard and Water Street to fix the problem.