Despite a renovated bus stop at the corner of 31st Street and
Spaulding Avenue, activists are saying people with disabilities are
still denied equal access to public transportation and full equality in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side.
is a great win, but there is still a lot of work left to be done,” said
Adam Ballard, an organizer for the disability advocacy group Access Living.
The newly-renovated bus station received fresh cement and sidewalk ramps in June, thanks to Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), who dedicated $230,000 from his ward’s menu money, which is a pot of discretionary funds designed for infrastructure projects.
whose mobility is limited to a wheelchair because he was born with
arthrogryposis, joined activists and community residents on Wednesday
morning to celebrate what participants called a “partial victory.”
“This is just the beginning, and now we have to continue to push for the rest of the area to get renovated,” he said.