New York becoming more friendly for the visually impaired!

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While it is a great thing to see cities making their streets safer for the visually impaired to travel, it is certainly sad that it has to be by court order. According to the article in the New York Times, the ruling will fundamentally change the face of the city. Until now, the pedestrian crossings were predominantly flashing red lights and the walk symbol. I for one hope that this case rolls out to other cities, making them safer for their blind and visually impaired inhabitants. From the article: 

A federal judge on Monday ordered New York City officials to install more than 9,000 signal devices at intersections to make it easier for pedestrians who are visually impaired to safely cross the streets.

What do you think? is this a good use of city funds? Do you think that making the streets safer for the blind and visually impaired pedestrians will impact the population at large? 

Here is a link to the full article:

Why New York City May Soon Be More Walkable for Blind People – The New York Times (

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