Practicer-Preacher types: Atlanta Streets Alive!
photo: Walking down the middle of the street. Because I can. Yay!
History teaches us [repeatedly] that if you don’t like what you see, it’s up to you to change it. Yes, you. Little ole you sitting on the couch, wistfully remembering living in NYC and how pedestrian-friendly and vibrant it is [when you’re not dodging weaving cars]. This wistful longing for what once was — or for what’s never existed — has long served as the impetus for literature, films, art movements, bloody and peaceful revolutions, cuisines, fashion.
Some people are compelled to go out and create the very things they want to see in the world.
A far greater number aren’t.
We didn’t have to go out and invent jumpskiprunplayhulahoop in the middle of the street. The adventurous and ambitious folks of Atlanta Streets Alive! already arranged for that.
All we have to do is show up.
I yearn to see more and more people every time I attend Atlanta Streets Alive!, until it becomes an irrepressible, undeniable, beautiful reality for our citizens.
You want to live in a city with green spaces, clean air, and where people, you know, do stuff? Partake of the green spaces, clean air [by riding public transit, biking, walking, or pogo-sticking], and, you know, do stuff.
With our continued interest and support, this unparalleled level of awesomery could eventually become a weekly occurrence.
So, let’s do it.
Can’t wait to see your shining, paradigm-shifting faces at the next one.
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