We are seeing full cities being taken to court more and more now, not just simple businesses. Often times it takes cases like this to bring forth change to these older cities who were constructed in times where ADA was not only not as relevant but there wasn’t ADA lawsuits threatening change. In our opinion its bound to happen in many of these smaller cities. It just takes one.
A New Orleans attorney has filed three lawsuits against the City of Shreveport for non-compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Andrew Bizer, the attorney filing the suits, said his client, a disabled Shreveport resident, is unable to move freely around the city due to a poor infrastructure and transit system.
In 2006 the City of Shreveport entered into a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice to make all parks, sidewalks, curb cuts and public transport ADA compliant, Bizer said. This settlement was reached after the DOJ followed up on complaints from disabled residents.
“Based off my research and my trips to Shreveport, the city has done nothing,” Bizer said.
The lawsuits were filed with the United States District Court Western District of Louisiana Wednesday morning. Each lawsuit addresses a different area of concern — sidewalks and curb cuts, buses and parks.
The Times is reaching out for comment from city officials and updating this story as more information becomes available.
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