Essay about Disability Accessibility And Preservation Of Beacon Hill

742 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 3 Pages
On June 26, 2015, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge issued an injunction against the City of Boston, halting the City’s replacement and upgrading of the handicapped accessible ramps on the sidewalks of the Boston historic district of Beacon Hill. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, a group dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of Beacon Hill, had filed suit and sought an injunction against the City arguing for the preservation of the existing ramps to maintain the historic nature of Beacon Hill. This case exemplifies the tension we see all over the world of the issue of disability accessibility of historic cultural property in competition with the preservation of this property. Looking to find an answer on the balance of disability accessibility rights and the need to preserve cultural property in the theories of property which have affected the property system in the United States, there is no clear answer and what is left is a contradictory web of solutions that is compounded by the shortcomings within each of the theories of property itself. Therefore looking at this issue of disability accessibility versus cultural property preservation through the lens of Utilitarian property theory, cultural property, and Human Flourishing theory, in the case of the Beacon Hill handicap ramps, we see not only a tension and problems for solutions of this problem, there is also interference with personal property rights under a reliance theory as well. In the end it seems…

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