Back when I first started publishing my "Dash Cam" series in which I used my car's continuous-loop DVR to showcase what was happening on our city streets, I used to get emails from people I've never met - people who were dumbfounded. They would tell me, "OMG, I just never noticed how bad that situation was."
I've got a special computer folder titled "stuff I don't dare publish". I really thought long and hard about filing these next two photographs, the second one in particular, in that folder and just sitting on them, because I see stuff like this and I get a bit afraid of what the fall-out might end up being if people are really able to wake up and parse the ramifications.
So in this case, I will split the difference. I won't say who, and I won't say when, and I won't say why. But you can see for yourself where (NB FM 270, obviously), and you can see what.
Approximately four thousand American pedestrians are killed every year because of issues like this. We tend not to worry about them, though. Instead of preventing the preventable, we like to collectively obsess over what to do about incredibly-rare and unpredictable events that take two orders of magnitude fewer lives, such as school shootings.
This is just one of the reasons why I will continue to be so focused on sidewalks. Because I happen to think that those four thousand Americans killed per year are worth caring about.