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Where there's a wheel? there's no way

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Every so often someone raises the hoary old question of why can't they invent a wheelchair that climbs up steps and every time I wheel out my old 1987 cartoon lampooning the idea. Last time I think it was Terry Farrell, last week it was Simon Allford.

Imagine the prohibitive cost to the user of such a piece of equipment. Imagine the ludicrous and humiliating specatacle it would create in public places.

No, sorry architects, I am afraid there is no escape from designing your buildings for people, all people.

Louis Hellman, London W3

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