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A lack of sidewalk accessibility and the city’s plan to fix it


Chris Gilman looks down at the curb on the corner of First Street and Emerson Avenue near her home on Friday. Curbs like this one without wheelchair access make it difficult for Gilman and her dog Bunny to navigate around her Wenatchee neighborhood or reach nearby bus stops.

WENATCHEE — When Chris Gilman walks her dog, she can’t leave her block. She's lived in her home near First Street and North Emerson Avenue for 40 years, and in her wheelchair, the surrounding sidewalks are either impossible or too dangerous for her to navigate.

At 80, she doesn’t see herself driving her wheelchair van for more than five years and worries the accessibility issues won’t be fixed by then. She can't access the bus stops near her house without going into the street where traffic is.

Greta Forslund: (509) 665-1187

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