Light rail, rumor has it, is a hot topic in these parts.
But for the most part, I guess, we were left out in the cold on Saturday, which was the annual International Don’t Wear Your Pants Day on light rail and other transit systems.
A sociologist in Arizona says light rail has brought the area “a public space where diverse groups can come together.”
“Things like these get people excited, and that’s the promise of the public realm,” she said. “You’re in a space where you don’t know what will happen. I think people will start to say, ‘Phoenix is cool.'”
I’m pretty sure she’s serious.
There was a rumor that a similar celebration of diversity in the public space occurred on the Hiawatha Light Rail Line, although I’ve yet to find any proof of it.