Civil public spaces & kids

Somewhat lost in the brou-ha-ha over an Andersonville café’s recent posting of a polite little sign asking patrons to “use inside voices” (a phrase which struck me as a weak-willed euphemism even at age seven) has been the café owner’s wider commitment to principles of civility:

bq. Mr. McCauley said he would rather go out of business than back down. He likens this one small step toward good manners to his personal effort to decrease pollution by hiring only people who live close enough to walk to work.”I can’t change the situation in Iraq, I can’t change the situation in New Orleans,” he said. “But I can change this little corner of the world.”

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