streets

The el  stairs

The el stairs

Many thousand people clamber daily up and down el stairs like these; how many thousand, Celia couldn’t begin to say.  The stairs’ steel treads are noisy and unforgiving, sanded in winter to keep patrons from falling.  Much life is lived in the shadow of the el, or right next to it, unflappably.  Even scholars read right next to it, in this library.

Through the Loop

Through the Loop

I’m in the middle on the worry spectrum, but I do worry about safety when I’m in my car.  I worry about getting into an accident as a result of not noticing some subtle danger around me.  Tuned-out pedestrians, taxis, delivery trucks, and cyclists (like this one disregarding the traffic signal), add to the challenges of a drive through the Loop.  The trains that periodically rumble overhead don’t help matters any.

That there are not more accidents surprises me, yet I’ve read that there were something like 2,500 accidents involving pedestrians last year.