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Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,
There is no shortage of the physically challenged in Nice where I have been for the last two weeks, and no one thinks anything of it. This may be because it's largely a retirement community and therefore a large portion of the population is elderly, but also because the terrain is flat and getting around is easier than in other places. As a result, the Niçois are very accustomed to people in wheelchairs or walking with canes and other devices that make getting around easier plus the city makes a big effort to treat them with equal respect. Most all the sidewalks have curb cuts and the wide tramway doors open at the same level to the street. There is plenty of room upon entry to accommodate wheel chairs as well as baby carriages and suitcases.
Handicap Accessible Beaches in France
Jody and Ella Dyer with Adrian and their niece in Nice
Best and Worst of French Cities on the Barometer of Handicap Accessibility
The Courtyard on rue des Tournelles
Yesterday I wrote about the beaches in Nice in "Parler Nice" and noted that the city offers two beaches for the physically challenged: Plages du Centenaire and de Carras. The beaches have adapted their facilities for easier access to the sea and at Carras is a special beach for the visually impaired.
Centenaire is at the beginning of the Promenade des Anglais (number 1) just opposite the Jardin Albert 1er with a ramp down to the beach. It's also a non-smoking beach. Carras Beach is closer to the airport at number 385 Promenade des Anglais and is one of the longest beaches in Nice, extending for 350 meters. This beach is handicap accessible and has a first-aid station and lifeguard in the summer.
My friend, Jody Dyer, has been in a "chaise roulante" most of his life and loves his stays in Nice. When he and his wife, Ella, sought an apartment with wheelchair access, they found it in the heart of the city in a building with a large elevator and the ability to add a small ramp into the apartment. He has a gadget called a "handcycle" that attaches to his wheelchair turning it into a kind of motorbike that he steers just like one...and I can tell you that he's tough to keep up with. Ella bikes alongside him on regular outings going long distances and I've joked that one of these days he's going to let me have a ride by sitting in his lap and letting him "put the peddle to the metal!"
Of course, Jody will tell you that it's not a perfect world in Nice by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it's ranked 62nd in the national "barometer" and has a long way to go, but generally speaking, the Niçois are open-minded and forgiving to wheelchairs. When we wanted Jody to join us at a beachside restaurant, the management wholeheartedly agreed to carry him and his "bike" down the stairs and make space for him. When we go to Le Bistrot Antoine together (which we do as often as possible), they never blink an eye to shift the tables a bit so that Jody can move in and up to the end of the table in his nifty motorized chair.
You may recall a story I wrote this past May about Parisians who weren't as forgiving or accommodating in regard to the disable. (See this past issue) It was about a client of ours named Pat who purchased a ground level property in Le Marais that could be easily transformed to accommodate her disabled daughter when she visits a couple times a year. The property was specifically chosen for this reason, as the only modification necessary, other than internal changes to facilitate the wheelchair, was to re-open a door onto the courtyard that was at some previous time converted into a window. It also means creating a small stone path to that door and moving one plant about one-and-a-half feet.
During the annual Assemblée Générale (meeting) of the copropriété (homeowners association) which took place the day after she took possession of the apartment, the request was formally made to make the very small change in the window and add the path. The change would not affect anything for the building, nor cost them anything. Even the path and the door would mirror what is on the other side of the courtyard, balancing it, in effect and for good looks.
Shocking to all of us, the other owners, old and young alike, were unforgiving in their overwhelming decision to disallow her request. They actually had the audacity to say, "Madame, rue des Tournelles is not a place for the handicapped." They added: "You've been badly advised. You should sell the apartment and purchase one in another district where modern buildings can accommodate your daughter. You will never get permission."
Pat was not to be deterred and hired an attorney to take the case to overturn their decision. Along with the architect, Nicole Champagnol, the plans were submitted to the City of Paris "Direction de l'Urbanisme" and the "Architecte des Bâtiments de France" for approval.
This week, overjoyed at her good fortune, Pat called me in what was her middle of the night to tell me that she had received an official letter. Her proposed plans were approved by the city, lock, stock and barrel! This will now make it very difficult for the copropriété to stick to their very (what we think is an inhumane) decision.
Congratulations Pat on Part I of your quest to be treated with equal respect! I will keep you all posted on the progress of the case and hope that in the meantime, we can all do what we can to support the physically challenged by challenging the authorities when necessary!
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