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by Ben Fried
To complement your headlines today, check out the Brooklyn Paper's trio of transportation/public space stories, grouped under a new beat that the paper is calling "Mean Streets."
The "Mean Streets" label may be a bit sensationalized, but hopefully New York's big dailies will start poaching the Brooklyn Paper's street-level reporting style.
is the Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog. He has been covering the movement for safer streets, effective transit, and livable cities since 2008.
“… said Harris Silver, who claims to have come up with the idea to stencil the outline around the city in 1998.”
Our streets are pretty mean. It strikes me every time I return here from somewhere else. The only place I’ve found meaner drivers is in Rome.
The stencils are a project of Right of Way. http://www.rightofway.org. They have nothing to do with Harris Silver.
Harris Silver runs a pretend pedestrian advocacy “organization.” If it weren’t for the fact that his one-man “organization” comes up when you do a Google search for something like “NYC pedestrian safety” then Harris Silver basically wouldn’t exist.
“It's really instructive to observe the contrast between the relatively muted reporting of last night's appalling crash in Manhattan and the continued hysteria over last year's very sad but highly unusual death in a cyclist-on-pedestrian collision.”
– Robert Wright
In response to "Today's Headlines"