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Vancouver Outlaws Doorknobs

When the news came out that Vancouver, B.C., was banning the use of doorknobs in its revised Building Code – yes, they really did it – a lot of people thought it was a joke; some prank that was spreading across the Internet that would wither and die, as all memes do (except for you, Grumpy Cat). But, it’s not a joke. It’s for real. None of Vancouver’s future public buildings, apartments or private homes will have doorknobs! They will have lever handles instead. Why in holy moose milk would they do that? <strong>1. Canadians are nice people.</strong> For Canadians, it’s all very simple: Utility and equality takes precedence over design choice and aesthetics, particularly when it comes to citizens who have difficulty with <a title="Door Knobs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/door-knobs_3813.html" target="_blank">doorknobs</a>. Vancouverites are pursuing what's often called "universal design," or design that can be utilized by the majority, regardless of age or ability. Disabled people and folks with their hands full often don’t have a lot of luck with doorknobs, so what’s Vancouver’s solution? <em>Vaya con Dios, pomo de la puerta</em>. <strong>2. Canadians are progressive people.</strong> Modern design is always evolving and there are no sacred cows when it comes to efficient engineering. Knowing this, Vancouverites are leapfrogging ahead in the relatively niche game of door-opening devices. In the not too distant future it may be that all doors to British Columbia’s buildings will be controlled by motion sensors (grocery stores are obvious frontrunners in this area), and <a title="Door Levers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/door-levers_3814.html" target="_blank">door levers</a> are just another step in that direction. <strong>3. Canadians are practical people.</strong> It’s not like levers came out of the blue – doors to buildings have been getting easier to open since … well, since the beginning of doors. Lever handles, push bars and motion sensors are all part of society’s perpetual movement toward greater efficiency. <strong>4. Canadians are trendsetting radicals.</strong> Okay, so maybe that one’s a stretch, but Vancouverites seem pointedly unafraid of backlash from knob lovers and detractors of overreaching regulation. Imagine what it would be like if, say, California decided to ban doorknobs. The doorknob lobbyists and a crush of people fighting for doorknob rights would shut that show down in about four minutes. And, at the end of the day, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Doorknob makers are people, too, and from an aesthetic point of view a doorknob is everything a lever isn’t. Plus, you know – DOORKNOB FREEDOM. Right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to exercise your doorknob freedom in any way you see fit, because America.
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