At no point did I say that the suburbs are “more dangerous” — you said that. Is it possible that you’ve made a Freudian slip, revealing that you equate economic and racial diversity in the suburbs as dangerous? I certainly hope not. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that isn’t the case!
Great comment, Sonja, and I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this long after the fact. Someone else several months ago commented elsewhere a similar concern and I’ve taken that one, and yours here, to heart. Much appreciated.
Yes, what I should have said instead was “work on street safety in while you lead community…
Yes, Atlanta will never be Amsterdam with its percentage of trips taken on bike, but there’s a place between the status quo and “Amsterdam” we can occupy. NYC gets rain and heat as well but they have much, much more cycling than we have. Focus on gains, not on an idealized utopia. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
Thanks much for the thoughtful comment. Good to know I wasn’t the only one confused by that remark from the professor. I know he had a good point to make but I’m not sure it came across — especially given the context of Atlanta’s low supply of missing-middle housing (and generally good urban housing forms) in walkable, transit-connected neighborhoods with a mix of uses.