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I thought it might be useful to catalog incidents of pedestrian shaming in Charlotte for purposes of improvement. From my perspective these incidents include ignoring the needs of pedestrians during construction projects, victim blaming when pedestrians are hit by drivers and the general expectation that "good" people always drive. Exhibit A: Today's Observer story on a pedestrian killed by a driver in Southpark https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article221632525.html The (conflicted) implication here is that the pedestrian is at fault for not being in a crosswalk. Why mention the crosswalk at all if it was impossible to be in one? TBF the article did avoid shifting responsibility for the death from the driver to the car (something that frequently happens in news stories about pedestrian incidents). Props to the Observer for making progress on this! Exhibit B: WCCB story on a pedestrian hit and run death: https://www.wccbcharlotte.com/2018/11/02/police-identify-victim-and-search-for-suspect-after-pedestrian-struck-and-killed-in-east-charlotte-hit-and-run/ Blaming the victim for his own homicide? Exhibit C: Daniel Levine's two+ years of sidewalk closings in First Ward: Why has no one told Levine this needs to be fixed? Exhibit D: The Railtrail dead end at 277: Its been this way since before 2007!