Hidden in plain view
My primary goal in this book has been expository: to document and describe a
particular, powerful and rarely acknowledged rationality through which the side-
walk is produced, understood, regulated and evaluated. I have tried to do so by
exploring three socio-legal sites – the municipal engineering department, the
courts and the legislature – in which pedestrianism is put to work. My immediate
motivation in doing so has been neither avowedly critical nor explanatory.