Street-Level Intelligence from the Streetsblog Network

268365040_ca77fa1446_1.jpgPavement view, Times Square, by Moriza via Flickr

One of the great things about following the feed of the Streetsblog Network is the sense you get of what is happening quite literally on the street level of communities all over America. Take one of our top picks this morning, a post from Portland. The other day, the Pacific Northwest had a storm that left the streets slicked with ice and cars sliding every which way. In contrast, network member Portland Transport writes,

I’m finding life here in my neighborhood relatively calm. Yesterday I was able to walk (albeit a little carefully) to two
markets and a video store to stock up for two family dinners and some
entertainment.…So perhaps the idea of a 20-minute neighborhood isn’t just about
reducing auto-dependency and promoting more active living, but also has
a few other advantages.

On a more negative note, in Los Angeles, the Bus Bench talks about the problem of sexual harassment for women who walk and ride transit in that city:

[A]t first I really tried to ignore this, but I find more and more
that some people’s behavior is completely out of line. And you can’t
ignore people. You are forced to be pleasant to these individuals…. On three separate occasions before I just decided to be “nice” I had
to leave a train car owing to being cursed out by men who didn’t
appreciate me ignoring their advances.

Also on the network today, a post from Kansas about an Oklahoma senator who seems to have a problem with bicycles, an update on the future of high-speed rail in the US, and more stimulus talk from Seattle.

  • Robert DiStefano

    The lack of civility and disrespect for woman can be attributed, at least in part, to the elimination of prayer in the schools in the 1960’s. Taking away the fear of God, and a general sense of right and wrong and what constitutes good behavior, brings us to our current malaise. Of course, legislating good values will not work without the heart being changed. The Bible says the heart of man is desperately wicked. Who can know it? How can man’s heart be changed? There is only one way and the bible lays it out clearly. We all must be renewed from within. Jesus said that “Unless one is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Our hearts must be reborn and only Jesus can perform this miracle. He is inviting all of us to come to Him so that he can take our stony heart and make into something new and beautiful. Accept Him today as your own personal Lord and Savior. He loves you so much that He died on the cross for your sins personally. Give Him a chance. This will definitely change society as each of us individually, through God’s Holy Spirit living within us, help us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

  • Funny, I thought the lack of respect for women stemmed from the religious right’s energetic undermining of the feminist movement and abortion rights.

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