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  •  After reading through most of these comments (14+ / 0-)

    I have a question.  For those of you with the placards/plates, how often do you find the HC spaces full?  I ask for a couple of reasons.  One, I work for an engineering firm, and our site layouts must conform to ADA requirements for the number of spaces.  I'm curious about anecdotal evidence on the adequacy of those numbers.

    Secondly, I rarely see all of the HC spaces used up.  Yeah, those who misuse a placard are assholes, but to what extent do they inconvenience the truly disabled?

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:13:41 AM PDT

    •  It depends on where I go. (8+ / 0-)

      If it's a place that's very busy (Walmart or large shopping mall), it's difficult to find a spot. Typically, it's not a problem. However, one thing I've noticed is that at night, when most older people aren't out, there are many spaces. I've often wondered whether a portion those spots could magically turn into regular parking when it's dark. As a woman, I would prefer to park closer to the entrance when it's dark. There is more lighting closer to the entrance. Note: I'm an older woman with a placard, but I wasn't always.

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      by HappyinNM on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:19:42 AM PDT

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      •  We go out and do our shopping at night (6+ / 0-)

        for just that reason, unless we need the deli.

        He has COPD and two bad knees, so he needs one of the carts.  I need to not stand around but get what I need and go, so as not to blow my standing budget. (I have timed it badly before, stood in line for fifteen minutes, and discovered when I got home my foot was too pissed off to let me put the groceries away.)

        We live on second shift, so it's quite convenient to shop at ten pm, and by then the carts are recharged and there aren't a ton of people standing around and talking to their friends from church. (It happens a lot around here.)

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:25:41 AM PDT

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    •  There are many disabled parking spaces (6+ / 0-)

      at Costco, but rarely an empty one.  There are fewer at Home Depot, and again rarely an empty one.  At the gym there are just a few spaces, but usually there's an empty one.

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:22:29 AM PDT

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    •  I knew a man who was one of the top (8+ / 0-)

      wheelchair racers in the world. One day when I was walking he stopped in his van to talk. He'd been looking for a handicap spot for almost an hour, because he can't get his chair out in a regular spot. All spots around were filled with non-plated or hang-tag cars. He was headed home because he could not find an available spot. The need is constant even when the spot is empty.

      "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

      by cv lurking gf on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 08:44:57 AM PDT

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      •  When I lived in Houston Texas, always seemed to (2+ / 0-)
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        me like more than half of the handicapped spaces would be occupied by non-plated/tagged cars.  Now that I'm in Cambridge, MA, seems much less common.  Though since I walk everywhere, and parking garages are the norm, may be that I see fewer lots with handicapped spaces, or that I just don't notice, or any number of other things (City parking more closely monitored than the malls/shopping centers near the suburb I used to live in, etc).

    •  Wrong perspective (7+ / 0-)

      For many of the handicapped, handicapped parking is the only workable option.   So when you see three handicapped parking spaces in a lot with 500 regular spaces look at it as a lot with three parking spaces total.

      That is what life is like for some, especially those with wheelchair vans.

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