BY MARK T. RACE
Skinny on the City
Concord, population 42,000, is centrally located in New Hampshire, the Granite State, approximately an hour from the ocean and an hour from the White Mountains and Mount Washington. Between the Capitol Center for the Arts on Main Street and a drive up Mount Washington, there is always something to do. And if you can’t find something to do in the 603 (sole area code for the state), Boston is just over an hour south.
Concord is an old, historic city that recently went through a metamorphosis via revitalization, in which the city brought the entire Main Street up, literally and figuratively, to the present. The entrances to all the Main Street shops and stores are now level with the street. They are aligned with beautiful granite — “the rock of ages” — with better ramping and curbing. These materials last forever.
The implementation of universal improvement in accessibility will be completed in two phases — and the second phase is already under way. It is a beautiful and much needed enhancement, certainly a step in the move towards universal access for all. Before this transformation, only a few shops were accessible for chair users.<