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Seattle Times photographer Cliff DesPeaux took a video camera to the intersection of Martin Luther King Way and Rainier Avenue, the site of this week's

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Franklin High Students Will Make Any Excuse Not to Cross the Street Safely

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Seattle Times photographer Cliff DesPeaux took a video camera to the intersection of Martin Luther King Way and Rainier Avenue, the site of this week's punch-heard-round-the-world to see if the incident had affected Franklin High School students' views on jaywalking. Guess what: They're teenagers, so of course it hasn't!

There's actually a pedestrian bridge at that intersection built specifically so that the Franklin High kids can cross safely. But as you might have heard, the bridge "takes a long time," when it's raining you might slip (what? the street isn't slick too?), it shakes, it's too high (that's the point), some people are scared it's going to break (these people must not understand the principles behind concrete) and, my favorite, "you get tired coming up the hill...cuz it curves."

Of course, this random sampling of Franklin High teens forgot to include the bridge's best feature, which is that while you're on it, your risk of getting run over by a car decreases ever so slightly.

 
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