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January 2, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Barricade at Cornell University

BarricadeZach Lipton submits a picture taken in Ithaca, New York:

This is a photograph I took on the Cornell University campus. A barricade was placed inexplicably in the middle of a pathway, forcing everyone to detour on to the grass to get to the event tent.

The barricade is captioned "Providing a safer environment for the visually impaired" - which makes one wonder how large objects in the middle of a walkway wouldn't be somewhat hazardous for the blind, not to mention for the trampled grass around the barricade.


While I have no idea why the barricade itself would be there, my FIRST! thought was that the lower bar was making the barricade safer for the visually impaired, because they could find it easier with their canes. However, if this is the case, they apparently only want to make things safer going one way...

Posted by: ambrocked at January 2, 2007 07:37 AM

Let's think a moment... Something absurd, college campus, something absurd, college campus. Wait, I've got it! Maybe it's a prank.

Posted by: tartan at January 2, 2007 09:12 AM

I think ambrocked has a valid point.

However, I am always frustrated to find that people always have to advertise that they are nice to blind people.

People with bad or no vision could not read the sign, just like the elevators that tell you in print that there is braille inside.

Posted by: arcticJKL at January 2, 2007 01:31 PM

I think tartan has the right idea. This must be a prank. I should submit an electronic gate on my campus. It was recently installed to control access to a parking lot nobody uses and then they took out the posts blocking the part the gate didn't and locked it in the up position.

Posted by: T-Bone at January 2, 2007 02:12 PM

Was there another way to get to the event tent? Maybe they really didn't want anyone going that way.

Posted by: JPKNHTP at January 3, 2007 03:22 AM

Mentally impaired people make this sign to provide a safer environment for visually impaired, but maybe it doesn't quite work properly

Posted by: zzo38 at February 11, 2007 03:23 AM

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