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September 18, 2013

C-town businesses not wheelchair-friendly

We came to visit the Hall of Fame on Aug. 15, and it was very accessible. But despite all of the great things in the Hall, outside, the town was very disappointing. We wanted to go shopping in the baseball souvenir stores, but we couldn’t get in to most of them. We are very mad because almost all of the stores in downtown Cooperstown are not accessible to someone in a wheelchair.

Samuel’s wheelchair weighs 500 pounds and can’t get over anything higher than an inch. There were very few ramps, most stores had steps, and even when there was a ramp, it often had a lip at the door that he couldn’t go over. All that some of the stores needed was a $5 piece of metal or wood to become accessible.

It took about 30 to 40 minutes just to find a restaurant we could get into.

We think it wouldn’t be that hard to make your downtown more accessible. It’s not fair that someone like Samuel couldn’t get into any of the stores. We had $100 to spend and we had a rule: if Samuel couldn’t get into the store, then none of us would buy anything from it.

We hope that this letter will change downtown Cooperstown before anyone else has to struggle with what we did.

The Hall of Fame was awesome.

Samuel Habib, 13

Jacob Knowles, 13,

Fletcher Waterman, 13

Concord, N.H.

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