I used to love to walk. And thought nothing of 50 mile bicycle rides (25 miles in the woods). I was hard-core.
Now I wish I could walk. And now that I am truly handicapped, I've come to realize how insensitive able-bodied people are toward the handicapped. The insensitivity goes beyond just individuals. Almost every retail establishment I know of has the handicapped spaces well away from the doors. KFC in Hooksett has the handicap spaces in back of the building, next to the dumpsters. When the state built a new liquor store (in NH the state owns the liquor stores) they pushed the handicap parking spaces out of the way to make room for the "hybrids only" parking spaces. They finally move them after a huge public ruckus was raised. I recently went to an event at the Radisson Center in Concord, and all of the spaces in front of the door were "hybrids only". The handicap spaces were around the corner, a significant walk.
I discovered with a bit of research that to get a "Leadership in Energy Efficiency in Design' (LEEDs) certification, an architect must have all the parking spaces immediately in front of the front door reserved for hybrid vehicles. Environmentalism has officially supplanted compassion for the handicapped in importance. Nobody gives a damn how inaccessible access is for the handicapped. I could go on, but we've had this discussion before.
You people with the mentioned places, I welcome your feedback. If you should read this and wish to respond, please do.
Meanwhile, please people, do not judge anyone's ability to walk, or their need for a handicap space, unless you've walked a mile in their shoes.
Thank you all for allowing me to vent.