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  • Naked streets refers to the concept of stripping a roadway of its signageall of it, including stop signs, signals, and even stripes.

    Far from creating mayhem, this approach appears to have lowered crash rates wherever it has been tried.Jeff Speck Walkable Citiesterm credited to Hans Monderman

  • what if life lives best on naked streets.

    stripped of the signage/excess.immersed in the now/uncertainty.

    perhaps weve gotten ourselves into such a dither/construct/pickle.. by labeling/regulating

    [most always.. perhaps.. from good intention]

  • what if this obsession with protecting/policing/ordering/equalizing.. is actually doing us in.

    what if what we thought we were doing for good is actually becoming..

    ..the death of us.

  • The white marking seems to work as a subliminal signal to drivers that they need to act less cautiously - that its the edge of the lane, and not the cyclist, that they need to worry about. Jeff Speck Walkable Cities

  • when did a white line become what we pay attention to.

    over people.

  • what if our need/habit to mark/control/direct creates enough noise..

    to drown out what we most need to be paying attention to.

    who we arewhat we are doingwhere we are going/staying/being/becomingwho we are withwhat matterssilence...

    just now.

  • what if playing/regulating life safe..

    is actually too risky.

  • we study/research/prove/label/credential/line things.. in the name of safety/efficiency.

    where has that gotten us?

  • before we start anything.. we need a business plan, a study of pre-assess to go with an assumed post-assess that will verify/validate/measure whether something worked or didnt work.

    we need a 100-page form, signed in triplicate, notarized, paid in full, print too small and print too much to afford/handle/notice the reading of..to be stored in a secure/safe place in order to secure our future safety..in order to validate/approve/credential our actual being.

    perhaps rules are made when we dont trust people to think on their feet.

    which they most likely would.. if they werent so busy (and/or annoyed/preoccupied/tired/ticked-off) from reading/following the rules of the road.

    we place policy over people

  • what if we stopped all that.that.

  • what if its the not planning the not assessing/measuring/managing/regulating/road-signing that will best get us to where we want to go/be.

  • what if its the being awake/alive enoughto notice/know the real

    that we ly crave/need/are.

  • over people.

    When you dont exactly know who has right of way, you tend to seek eye contact with other road users. - Hans Monderman

  • what if its the nakededness of the street that begs our awareness/attention/eyes/trust.. and keeps us alive.

    spaces were you just know. even if you dont know the thing. especially if you cant measure/document/communicate the thing.

    you still knowthe space/moment/happening .. is real.

    and thatll do it.thats enough.you just know.

    what if we trusted that.

  • In Mondermans terms, Chaos equals cooperation.

    Jeff Speck Walkable CitiesThe greater the number of prescriptions, the more peoples sense of personal responsibility dwindles.- Hans Monderman

  • perhaps in chaos in the uncertainty of naked streets.. we slow-down/wake-up.. enough to listen.

    to notice .

    By creating a greater sense of uncertainty and making it unclear who had right of way, drivers reduce their speed, and everyone reduces their level of risk compensation.- Hans Monderman

  • what if its all the prep, directions, regulations.. all the stuff that gets us feeling observed/managed/coerced/measured/safe..

    that keeps us from perhaps trust breeds/spreads/multiplies when its free from proving/obliging/obeying.

    real trust becomes something you cant not share. even if you cant articulate it. often because you cant articulate it.

  • if we plan for something.. map it all out.. road-sign it up..

    we often lose focus of what matters.we think little about trust.about what it means to be human and alive.about what makes us come alive.

    we often become mindless.

  • perhaps naked streets scare us. perhaps uncertainty scares us. but its what keeps us alive.

    the #1 regret of the dying is that they didnt live a life more true to themselves

    perhaps we find/hear/see/become ourselves.. when the streets are naked enough.. to beg/allow us to listen.. to be awake in the now.

  • imagine all the time wed have if we gave up all the prep and training and policy and paperwork for the policy and. and road signs.. and policy and paperwork and training for the road signs.. and people to train for the policy of the paperwork of the signs of the road signs.. and the training of the training for the training of the signs that police the policy of the preparation of the regulations for safety of the lines on the road..

  • that we trust

  • .. what if naked streets .. seem too simple wrongfloofymessyunsophisticatedunacademicunworthyunmeasureableunmarketablechaoticutopianimpossible...but.

  • ..they keep us alive.

  • walking on water down the naked street ness

  • Naked streets refers to the concept of stripping a roadway of its signageall of it, including stop signs, signals, and even stripes.

    Far from creating mayhem, this approach appears to have lowered crash rates wherever it has been tried.Jeff Speck Walkable Cities