“When you watch footage of The Scramble, you can’t help but wonder what holds this system together. How do people remain so well-behaved?” wonders writer Aaron Gilbreath.
The intersection stays open for pedestrians for nearly a minute, and then it stops. The traffic light changes and once again vehicles get the right of way. While the vehicles are moving, each corner of the intersection steadily fills up with people. There are shoppers, commuters, school girls, teenagers, and punks with died blue hair, all waiting for their turn. Then the crosswalk lights turn green, and “the mayhem starts all over again.”