10 Feb '12, 6pm

On a sustainable street, there are no jaywalkers:

On a sustainable street, there are no jaywalkers:

One aspect Colville-Andersen mentions in passing got sort of stuck in my head: “The whole invented concept of jaywalking.” I was dimly aware this was true, but I hadn’t ever thought about how jaywalking was invented. It occurs to me, though, that the story of how people were cleared off the streets might teach us something about how to reclaim some part of those streets today for walkers and cyclists and other non-motorized forms of city life. Norton’s "Fighting Traffic" tells much of the story. He explains how, in the first years of the 20th century, cars were often seen as dangerous, unwelcome intrusions in the urban landscape, piloted by “joy riders” and “speed maniacs” with little regard for the safety of children playing in the street. They inspired outrage and protest, particularly over the staggering number of fatalities they caused. These responses, Norton writes, ...

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