1920s Boy Scouts kicked people out of streets
Today's Dr. Gridlock column in the Post discusses the term "jaywalking," which reinforces the idea that streets are for cars and not people.
"The street a hundred years ago was a place where anyone could go if they didn't make a nuisance or get in someone's way," said [Peter D.] Norton, a faculty member at the University of Virginia.I'm buying Norton's new book, The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City.
But the pejorative term for pedestrians that he found in a 1909 Chicago Tribune had become popular by the 1920s, thanks to auto advocates, who among other tactics got Boy Scouts to hand out cards asking pedestrians, "Did you know you were jaywalking?"
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