chapter  9
6 Pages

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.