Time to ensure parity in car tickets for violations in this city - instead of the 2:1 pedestrian:car ticket ratio we have now.
You know that mass of pedestrians that builds up on a major street corner, only to flood the street when the light becomes green and fill every inch of the crosswalk for the entire walk cycle? You know that line of cars waiting to turn right or left, often blocking straight-heading vehicles and growing impatient until they floor it through as the light changes back to red? That all exists thanks to the anti-jaywalking culture. It's simple math -- if some of those people had jaywalked, there'd be less of a critical mass when the light actually changed. There'd be gaps in the pedestrian monolith to allow cars to make their turns -- in New York and Boston, any size gap is acceptable -- and all manner of traffic gets to flow better as a result.
and Capitol Hill seems more like a coming-out party from the late '80s -- loud, proud, and uninteresting -- than a mature and nuanced gay culture of today.
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