Exerpts from a piece that Anna Letitia Mumford wrote
for the blog fifty car pile-up -
“Contrast the reaction of the authorities to the blockage of vehicular traffic in the [major 1999] Seattle [protest] and [later] Iraq war protests to the typical police reaction when sidewalks are obstructed by construction or bikelanes are occupied by double-parked vehicles.
There is nothing inherent in the overwhelming primacy given to privately owned vehicles on our public streets. Rather it is the result the cumulative effect of less than a hundred years of … policy decision-making that has favored automobile owners.
Imagine in the next hundred years, the potential of our bicycle and pedestrian advocacy efforts to … [claim] our streets [while] re-engineering our communities to make car ownership less convenient.
One way to create these changes is to physically occupy the contested space.”
That writing is from a blog post titled “Who’s streets? Civil disobedience and public space”
(Perhaps I’ve hacked the post up too much with those square brackets and sets of dots; yet, I generally am only using those brackets to post an abbreviated exerpt that still makes sense. In the process, I made a couple of tweaks to bring the text more in line with my own point of view, but only in minor, subtle ways — even though my edits might seem very disagreeable.)
Here are a couple more blog posts about claiming public spaces -
Steve Lambert on The Anti-Advertising Agency blog -
“Whitewashers from NYSAT”
Marc on the Wooster Collective blog -
“New York Street Advertising Takeover” Brings Art to Over 120 Illegal Billboards in NYC”
To return to transit and pedestrian issues -
Brad Aaron has posted about dangerous driving in these recent entries on Streetsblog -
- “Another Pedestrian Dies, Another Killer Driver Walks”
- “Revolving Door Keeps Spinning for City’s Drunk Drivers”
Here are a few posts on my blog about commercial car culture, which (in these cases) mainly has promoted these vehicles through forms of street advertising -
- “Great cars”
- “Full Throttle”
- General Motors automobiles in Oshawa, Ontario
On Streetsblog, Brad Aaron also has posted about a car advertisement that glorifies dangerous driving -
“Mercedes: Reckless Driving Is Smarter“