Comment 36166

By Tammany (anonymous) | Posted December 09, 2009 at 17:47:30

Highwater, it's not just the panhandlers and street youths. I'm not talking about physical intimidation so much as the more abstract sense of intimidation (or perhaps you would rather call it unease; I also use the term anxiety) which many if not most people feel when inhabiting an alien environment.

I don't think it's any sense of immediate threat to personal safety which keeps most middle class folk out of downtown. Rather, it's a sense of "being out of place".

At any rate, the semantics are unimportant as far as I'm concerned.

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