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All Are Welcome Here

I have a new post on the BLOOM blog: "All Are Welcome Here" about our first experience on an "inclusive" playground. It starts:

"Architecture is evangelism." I heard it said in the context of church buildings. The speaker was making the point that a ramp at the back of the sanctuary might comply with ADA standards, but it isn't exactly welcoming to individuals in wheelchairs. I've been trying to think of an equally pithy way to state this truth for the rest of the world. "Architecture sends a message" doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but the point stands. The way our buildings, homes, and public spaces are constructed says everything about which people we want to see in those places...

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