The United States is not universally inclusive in terms of its urban centers. Some cities are betters than others at accommodating a diverse population. This research focuses on LGBTQ+ exclusivity in these urban settings, specifically looking at Buffalo as a research model.
Universal Design Goals:
Body Fit: Surfaces are at-grade with minimal sloping
Awareness: Pedestrian and Automobile signage has been enhanced; Tactile walking surfaces and audible crossing signals have also been added
Understanding: Design is meant to be open and inviting with clearly delineated areas for pedestrian and vehicular access Social Integration: Removal of sunken freeway allows for neighborhoods to be reconnected. Walkways are wide enough for people passing each other and encourage social interaction
Wellness: Removal of freeway and addition of green space aids in offsetting noxious exhaust fumes
Comfort: The additional green spaces and seating areas provide comfort options for everyone
Cultural Appropriation: The design reflects the area’s past while providing access and opportunities for all cultures Personalization: Residents can assist in providing plantings to the greenspaces abutting their property