Resistance could also come from city drivers and commuters. To Drexel's Martin, a self-described city boy who drives to work from his home in Havertown, a no-car day also takes the soul out of what makes an urban metropolis just that. "The hustle and bustle of the city," he said, "it's part of the excitement."
Cars are the "hustle and bustle"? Well okay then. Also, too, it's very arrogant for people to consider wanting the public space on their blocks that were built before cars were invented to occasionally be used for something other than letting suburban drivers go from A to b.
"I don't think people have said what they want to do with the space. Is this just for the hell of it? So people can wander?" he said.
"Someone is using that road to go from somewhere to somewhere. So how do the needs of advocates that want to play dog Frisbee in front of their house exceed the people in their cars and their needs? That's pretty arrogant."
It's like the universe felt it necessary to give me a new chew toy.
Having a non-clusteruck open streets event whch doesn't paralyze the city or local businesses isn't simple. The best ideas I've heard involve expanding a zone around an existing street festival/block party type event to create a bigger box. Those events are generally too crowded and having more pedestrian overflow space away from the vendors/food trucks/etc. really is desirable anyway. But I really don't need suburban boy who thinks the exciting hustle and bustle of his urban theme park is due to all the cars driving around in an exciting hustley bustley way lecturing city dwellers on their arrogance for occasionally wanting to restrict his ability to drive down their streets.
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