Over at The Light Rail Blogger, a Pheonix Resident who has gone car free, has a story about domestic violence. Ok, this story really doesn’t entail violence at a transit stop, but near it. Commonly people here in Portland also write or talk about various acts of violence at light rail or other transit stations. There are a few things that really bother me. I’m going to elaborate those real quick.
- Domestic violence? WTF is this? Violence is violence. I don’t want to see someone beating a dog, another human, a woman beating a guy, a guy hitting a woman, or anything of that sort. I don’t even like to hear the ghetto kids (or whatever they refer to themselves as) acting all tough and making what amounts to idle threats. Be proud, be strong, watch out for each other, and stand up for those people that are threatened. Do everything you can like “The Light Rail Blogger” did. Call 911, step up, do something do anything. Don’t let that type of behavior go unstopped and uncontested. If you don’t act, you are AS MUCH part of the problem as those committing the violence. Sure, it takes courage to do something, but nobody loves, needs, or wants anymore cowards around than we already have. So don’t be another one.
- Transit is something more and more of us ride with each other to and from work, to and from our daily errands, and just around via transit to enjoy a Sunday ride. Something all of us will notice as we actually encounter our fellow citizens and general human beings out there, is that some of us humans aren’t all there. Suburbanites just ignore these differences, bypass them, and don’t act to remedy or resolve issues with these people with problems and problem people. But us urbanites are in touch with these individuals and it is up to us to maintain our lifestyles. This means we have to become accustomed, but also learn how to enable and assist each other. As Christian has written over on TriMetiquette before We’re in this together! I reiterate, we ALL ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
- Those out there that say it is more violent on transit or that transit brings violence to areas and the stories go on and on and on. Seriously, go study statistics, correlation, and history. Go read up on how and where violence and crime occurs in a city. Transit isn’t anymore of an enabler than the automobile, and probably is at least a safer enabler than an automobile. So give it a rest. It is ridiculous to say transit causes the violence or crime. People cause the crime, environment is only part of the picture, but the crime starts and stops with the individual perpetrators of said crimes. Don’t blame inanimate objects, that’s – well – asinine.