Evaluating “The Fredericksburg Neighborhood Coalition”

Link to the evaluated site: “The Coalition.”

A brief description of the organization:

The Coalition, as I understand it from the initial website, is a community based group dedicated to addressing housing related issues, as well as transportational and economic. Looking further to outside sources, the Fredericksburg Neighborhood Coalition is a group started by Fredericksburg residence to find a way to balance the amount of short term rental housing and single family homes. Renting is up in Fredericksburg, and they are looking to stop the zoning of ADU’s to prevent their single family homes being turned to rentals. They are looking to local officials to do something about this crisis. 

Two sites that assisted me in my evaluation: 

Community Group Alleges City Council Hiding ADU Agenda

This website elaborates on how ADU’s will be introduced as a means of making Fredericksburg housing more affordable. It covers the reasons for the coalition as it explains the problem of short-term rentals and the locals disdain for them as they threaten the “character” and “charm” of the city.  This particular site gave more insight into the how’s and why’s of the coalitions origins and objectives.

Fredericksburg City Council to vote on first read of ADU ordinance

This webisite covered the logistics to what the Fredericksburg city council is voting on in terms of zoning ADU’s . It expresses the fears of the coalition, such as when they state that the “Fredericksburg Neighborhood Coalition believe that the proposed ADU ordinance will encourage developers to buy up the city’s stock of single-family homes and convert them to rentals.” they provide facts connected to this fear, like how Fredericksburg has the highest rental rate in the state of Virginia. They also link to the initial site evaluated, thus aiding in its validation.

Accessibility and Openness of the web. Who is the internet for?

The internet is for the public to freely engage with in order to exchange ideas, promote business or personal brand, educate themselves and others, and so much more. In order for it to be this kind of space, however, it must remain open and accessible for all individuals.



The significance of accessibility to the internet cannot be understated. It enables all people to engage with modern technology, regardless of disability. Ensuring ones web design is accessible allows for people to share and learn information in a comprehensive manner, without roadblocks. It also becomes a legal issue should a website not have accessible fetures.


Including assistive features such as closed-captioning for videos or alt text for images allows for blind/deaf individuals to fully grasp the content they are engaging with. Also setting up ones website to be text-to-speech friendly, blocking it into comprehensive sections, is a way to make your website more accessible.



Openness of the internet allows for the exchange of information, ideas, and creative connection to flow more freely on the web. It benefits the public in that it provides a space for collaboration, and education.


Openness is developed on the internet through the creation of public websites, made through WordPress for example. It also presents itself through public forums, social medias, blogs, and more.

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For more on accessibility requirements its significance, follow click this link to discover what the ADA has for Guidance on Wed Accessibility.