Comment 62005

By Brandon (registered) | Posted April 08, 2011 at 17:27:16 in reply to Comment 61997

Now, if you want to talk about how to change the culture so it reflects more of what you're looking for, that is something worth applying energies to.

As I've said previously, if you have to legislate, mandate, by-law your way towards a cultural change (and by this, I'm referring to benign personal behaviour, not the more obvious stuff like violence), have you actually accomplished anything genuine?

We live in a car-centric culture. I don't believe that the most genuine way to effect change within this paradigm (to create a more humane, 'European' model) is strictly by way of laws.

20 yrs ago you could have said the same thing about smoking.

Portland was also car centric 20 yrs ago until people started making changes.

Leaving the status quo as the status quo because it's the status quo is the worst reason to leave it that way.

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