Friday, May 16, 2008

You got a problem with that?

Here's an article Smithsonian Magazine, about why New Yorkers might seem rude. It's just because, given that there is so much less of a separation between private and public life, we act the same way on the street as we would in our own apartments. And also, New Yorkers love to help people and cooperate. This article made me happy.

"The last time we had a citywide power failure, and hence no traffic lights, I saw men in business suits—they looked like lawyers—directing traffic at busy intersections on Ninth Avenue. They got to be traffic cops for a day and tell the big trucks when to stop and when to go. They looked utterly delighted."

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