Vancouver is making doorknobs illegal
There are wonderful things about getting old in a vibrant, dense city. You can get around without driving; you can get food delivered to your door; there’s still so much to do. But then, there are the drawbacks of old infrastructure, like stairs — and, as it turns out, doorknobs. They require your wrists to perform feats of agility and strength that they’re just not up for any longer.
Why Vancouver Is Banning the Doorknob
In a thousand small ways, our communities will have to adapt in the coming years to accommodate an aging population. Seniors cross the street more slowly. As they get older, they're less likely to drive. Little things the rest of us seldom notice start to matter more, like a crack in the sidewalk, or that gap between the subway platform and the train car, or the miniscule font on a public sign.