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Sayegh, who is also an accessibility activist with the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union, said he frequently finds himself forced off the sidewalk and into the street because of narrow and blocked walkways.The project removed the parking lane on one side of the street to widen the sidewalk, graded the walkways at intersections and added tactile tiling to make the pavement easier to navigate for the wheelchair-bound and visually impaired.Had Hamad remained in office, he said, he would have changed some of the specifications of the Jeanne d'Arc Street project and aimed to remodel Bliss and nearby Abdel-Aziz streets as well.Regarding the project's shortcomings, some of Jeanne d'Arc's business owners were not pleased about losing street parking in front of their establishment in service of the wider sidewalk.On the other hand, Rima Barrage, the owner of the Nougatini chocolate shop there, said she would like to see the street entirely car-free, but that the lack of sufficient parking throughout Hamra would make this unfeasible.Sayegh, for his part, experimented with navigating the sidewalk on his wheelchair this week for the first time since the work was finished.After parking on a side street, he arrived at Jeanne d'Arc -- and found his way onto a pedestrian walkway blocked by cars parked on the sidewalk.
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