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metal spikes on a bench 😡 there's a word for that

Disabled dancer and founder of Abilities Dance, Ellice Patterson, is the mind behind The Protest Crawl

metal spikes on a bench 😡 there's a word for that
Ellice Patterson in Mattapan Square.

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Disabled dancer and founder of Abilities Dance, Ellice Patterson, is the mind behind The Protest Crawl, an advocacy event aimed at bringing attention to the inaccessibility and hostility of public space and transportation in Boston.

The crawl was a representation of how I feel in navigating the streets when I’m out on a day-to-day basis and how coming home I feel more down and inflamed. It was a process to show that and the other challenges that I and others feel when navigating and how it can be a barrier to public life.

Ellice is also the mind behind "Manifesto Against Defensive Design" which led me down a rabbit hole to discover #defensivedesignTO which documents examples of hostile and anti-human design choices in Toronto neighborhoods that target people who rely on them the most.

Ever wonder why you can’t lie down on most city benches? It’s thanks to ‘defensive design’ | CBC News
“Defensive design” is a controversial trend found in cities across Canada, from Toronto to Moncton, which aims to prevent urban issues through everything from rigid benches that can’t be used for lying down, to metal spikes on storefront signs to keep away pigeons. But is it too “hostile” to be help…

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