Tread softy because you tread on their lives.

Rikshawala from Kathmandu, Nepal:  तैयारी  जीवन  बचाउँछ  (“Preparedness saves lives”)

What you are looking at here is nothing less than a lesson in: (1) Mobility (2) Affordability. (3) Zero carbon (4) Clean. (5) Quiet, (6) Space-efficient. (7) A job. (8) Income. (9) Family. And (10) A life.

Do they come without their own passel of problems? Yes, they certainly can and sometimes the list can be a long one. But they also can be addressed and unwound one by one, complaint by complaint, problem by problem, a shift here, a nudge there, a bit of solidarity over there, and we can then make them into part of the solution.

A cautionary note to planners and politicians in a hurry who would drive them out of the city for what they believe to be excellent reasons, mainly making private motorised traffic for the few faster.  But there are people and lives there.

This from William Butler Yeats for those earnest souls to chew on:

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths . . .
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

* Planners, politicians . . . 

Tread softly, because you tread on their lives.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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