Wheelchair Access in Nob Hill Denied (Pt. 2)

I brought this illegal parking situation in Nob Hill to the public's attention on 7/10/12. The business owners and their customers use a driveway in the front of the building to drive up on the sidewalk and park in the shade. They do this knowing they are blocking the sidewalk from pedestrians, and more importantly, from those who are handicapped. A person in a wheelchair would be forced to go around the vehicles obstructing the sidewalk and into the street. The irony is that designated parking areas on both sides of the office complex were virtually empty.


Our councilman, Rey Garduno, was made aware of this situation, and took the steps to make sure the property owner was contacted and also made aware of the illegal parking taking place on his property. These photos taken this afternoon during an afternoon walk are proof that the businesses on the premises are not policing themselves. Here is a link to the first post that resulted in actions taken to correct this situation:

Previous post dated 7/10/12


At this point it appears the only way to make sure pedestrians have unrestricted access to the sidewalk is to block off the driveway. I would recommend laying down some concrete bumpers the length of the driveway. The other alternative is to build a curb. Either way, I fail to see why we, the taxpayers, should have to pay to get this corrected. If people used common sense and extended common courtesy to others, this would not be an issue.



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Comment by Barelas Babe on July 26, 2012 at 9:04am

How ironic to have this post featured on the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act... and hear, hear (says this Deaf Bareleña) for common sense and courtesy!

After having spent just a few months in a wheelchair, I know personally how frustrating it is when public space is inaccessible. Providing access for people with disabilities is simply The Right Thing To Do in this case -- the minor inconvenience of having to walk a few extra yards is far offset by the benefit parlayed to people with mobility disabilities who can use the sidewalk and avoid wheeling in the streets, which can be hazardous. Thanks for taking on this cause, Richard V!

Comment by SLF on July 26, 2012 at 9:21am

If you do see something DMD related you can always call 311, or my office at 768-3832, and I'll do my best to get things resolved.

Thank you for contacting Councilor Garduno, we'll let him know we saw the post on DCF and took immediate action.

Mark Motsko


This gent was so kind to leave his contact info for you after your first complaint..

Comment by Richard V on July 26, 2012 at 12:23pm

thanks for pointing that out, slf. after the lame response i got from councilman Garduno's asst., i believe i'll give him a call.

Comment by Rey Garduño on July 26, 2012 at 12:27pm

Thank you Richard for the post. I guess it takes multiple Citations before people learn this is a very dangerous habit of forcing folks in wheelchairs and Baby Strollers into traffic by going around the illegally parked cars. Shame on these slow learners! Rey...

Comment by Rey Garduño on July 26, 2012 at 12:34pm

Richard, all: I will be meeting with Michael Riordan, Department of Municipal Development Director, to see what permanent solution can be "installed" to keep this sidewalk accessible and safe! Rey...

Comment by Rey Garduño on July 26, 2012 at 12:37pm

Richard please call me: 768-3152 or 803-7829. You can also email me at reygarduno@cabq.gov . Rey...

Comment by Richard V on July 26, 2012 at 12:37pm

Thanks for commenting, Councilman Garduno. We like to think it unlikely that someone would be injured for having to use the street, since it is very open. But we both know stranger things have happened. And since this issue has been documented in a public forum, the city's liability would probably be substantial. Maybe they should invest in a sign?

Comment by Chris on July 26, 2012 at 12:39pm

Hey Rey I know where there are some really nice barricades you could put there. Not too far away either.

Comment by Chris on August 9, 2012 at 4:28pm

Anything to report on this?


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