12295Re: [carfree_cities] Re: NYT's Friedman: "take the Subway"
- Mar 5, 2012On Mar 5, 2012, at 8:10 AM, Karen Sandness wrote:
> Richard, you may recall that when I was in Los Angeles for aI myself don't doubt it for a second. I once took a bus home from a
> conference in 2001 and we met for dinner, you put me on the bus
> back to my hotel. When I mentioned this to one of the local
> attendees the next day, he was horrified that I had taken the bus
> at night and even seemed surprised that I had survived the
> adventure. But in fact, the experience was not frightening at all,
> unless one considers the presence of dark-skinned people to be
> inherently frightening.
> The longer I live, the more I'm convinced that racism lies behind
> much of both the suburbanization and the auto-centricity of America.
party at a friend's house in hyper-liberal Silverlake. I had my arm
in a sling, and my friend offered to drive me home to "keep me safe'--
though he'd had a good bit of booze during the party. he was worried
about predatory Latino immigrants--apparently forgetting that I am
one myself, just a pale one.
Needless to say, the bus ride was convivial, pleasant, and safe.
I have friends on all sides of the political spectrum, and I hear
racist crap from all of then. Especially as regards travel of public
transport--which is actually far safer than driving.
The trains in LA do, however, attract riders from higher economic
classes. And I have even sat next to a Beverly Hills matron dripping
with diamonds on the rapid bus through that glittery city. So there's
Bicycles are really starting to take off here, including with Martha
Stewart types, another odd but very real reason for hope.
After all, it's the middle and upper classes who drive the most and
keep pushing freeways through poor folks' neighborhoods.
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