21 Jan '15, 9pm

When did letting your kids walk home alone become a crime?

When did letting your kids walk home alone become a crime?

Silver Spring, Md., is not known for being backward. Just north of Washington, D.C., it is similar to other liberal-leaning inner-ring Montgomery County suburbs, only more racially and socioeconomically diverse than most. Like its neighbors, such as Bethesda , the area has gradually urbanized in recent years, as a mixed-use, relatively high-density area has grown up around its mass transit hub. But Silver Spring has a new, dubious distinction, and the town’s embarrassing story sheds light on how difficult it is to undo America’s dependence on driving everywhere. The Washington Post reported last week that last month, a 10-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister were walking one mile home from a park in Silver Spring. Someone called the cops, who picked them up about halfway and took them the rest of the way home. Their parents, Alexander and Danielle Meitiv, faced no crimin...

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