Episode 23: Decriminalizing Walking with Josh Cohen

Jaywalking is not a crime. (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

Historically, “jaywalking” wasn’t an issue. Until the dominance of vehicles (and auto companies assisted by police forces) people and vehicles of all kinds mixed on American streets. Today people walking in cities face the risk of prosecution — or worse — when crossing the street where no marking exists. But what does this mean for a human-centered city? Who loses when we criminalize walking?

Join us as we talk with Josh Cohen, Next City contributor and author of this week’s featured article on jaywalking, and how Seattle’s council may undo the law altogether. This is also the second episode in our partnership with Next City on a series of conversations about interesting stories found on NextCity.org. Check them out for more in-depth analysis of urban issues and stay tuned for our featured content from them every month!

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Articles referenced in this episode:

Main article from Next City — Seattle Council Member Questions Jaywalking Law: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/seattle-jaywalking-tickets-police-bias

The Invention of Jaywalking: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2012/04/invention-jaywalking/1837/

Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode