Monday, February 13, 2012

Urban armoring, eensy by eensy


There's a corner store in a warehouse building off Eighth and Howard Streets in our neighborhood. Next to the store is a disused loading dock with a lip at the level of a low truck bed. People coming out of the store with refreshments (O.K., malt beverages) used to sit on the lip of the loading dock. For a decade or more, the owners tried to stop the drinkers from sitting there. Finally, this winter, they covered the ledge.

I don't blame them in the short run. Some of the sitters had attitudes. But one less place to sit makes the corner a skitch less cheerful.

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