Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pedestrian rage

From "Get Out of My Way, You Jerk! Researchers Study 'Sidewalk Rage,' Seeking Insights on Anger's Origins and Coping" in the Wall Street Journal:

Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome

A University of Hawaii researcher says it manifests itself in these traits

  • Having denigrating thoughts about other pedestrians
  • Walking by a slower moving pedestrian andcutting back too soon (feels hostile or rude)
  • Feeling competitive with other pedestrians
  • Acting in a hostile manner (staring, presenting a mean face, moving faster or closer than expected)
  • Feeling stress and impatience when walking in a crowded area (crosswalk, staircase, mall, store, airport, street, beach, park, etc.)
  • Walking much faster than the rest of the people
  • Not yielding when it's the polite thing to do
  • Walking on the left of a crowded passageway where most pedestrians walk on the right
  • Muttering at other pedestrians
  • Bumping into others
  • Not apologizing when expected (after bumping by accident or coming very close in attempting to pass)
  • Making insulting gestures
  • Hogging or blocking the passageway, acting uncaring or unaware
  • Expressing pedestrian rage against a driver(like insulting or throwing something)
  • Feeling enraged at other pedestrians and enjoying thoughts of violence

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