a photo I'd taken in 2005, yet I'd never felt unsafe walking around by myself.">

crisscross...

2007-12-16 – Sunday – 03:33:56
crisscross

Like something designed in SimCity, Melbourne's CBD is strictly gridded. The regular square blocks sloping gently to the river make it simple to find your way on foot, but driving is probably hellish. Here, looking over Lonsdale to Swanston Street, I started wondering whether I should feel as safe as I always had in Melbourne. A month and a half earlier three people were shot (one dead, the other two critically injured) on the corner I'd walked through just a few metres from a photo I'd taken in 2005, yet I'd never felt unsafe walking around by myself.

I questioned if that was naivety or a subconscious conclusion of it being statistically unlikely that anything would happen. I never really came up with a good answer...