9/11/2012 New York City financial district
My only concern with painting a crosswalk to resemble an American flag is that flag protocol forbids letting the flag touch the ground, and especially frowns on treading all over it .
But obviously those are (unenforced) rules and regulations for an actual American flag, the kind made of cloth or polyester and designed to be flown.
Besides, if it's good enough for New York City on the most sacred of anniversaries than it's good enough for me.
Apparently not, however, for our sister city to the west, that other bastion of enlightened liberalism, Northampton. "NoHo" to hipsters, or just plain "Hamp" to longtime residents.
I would expect flag phobic Amherst to summarily dodge the idea of a patriotic crosswalk in the downtown, but I'm a little surprised by the Northampton Board of Public Works suddenly saying it's not in their jurisdiction to allow a patriotic crosswalk when they already allowed the rainbow one.
In my ill fated speech to Amherst Town Meeting seven years ago I invoked that same comparison, to no avail.
Let's hope Northampton comes to their senses before they start being compared to Amherst. On a national stage.