Callous inconvenience as policy

Seattle is arbitrarily closing streets to discourage car use:

Car-free days is part of Mayor Greg Nickels’ campaign to encourage people to walk, bike or take mass transit.  One neighborhood is closed off to car traffic during selected weekends this summer.  On Sunday it was the area around 14th and Republican on Capitol Hill, a residential area that’s normally quiet anyway.

“I think it promotes awareness of whatever we’re promoting awareness of,” said resident Thomas Hubbard.

“A car passes by every once in a while, just people trying to get home. And they don’t know how to get home,” said resident Matt O’Connor. . .

Adding insult to injury, the cars owned by some residents in the neighborhood were towed because the city wanted to clear the streets.

Words fail me.

(Via the Corner.)

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