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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 27 January 2004 06:50 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
as audra would say, AWESOME.

AP, jan 23

Mexico City's subway began lending books to riders Friday in a new program aimed at reducing crime and fostering a more hospitable atmosphere for millions of commuters.

The city plans to distribute 7 million paperbacks in the next two years, trusting commuters to return the books but not making it a requirement. Early Friday, volunteers at one busy subway station handed out 150 books in just a few minutes.

``We are convinced that when people read, people change,'' said Javier Gonzalez Garza, the director of the Metro.

Mexico City isn't the first major city to try cultivating a literary underground. Tokyo has dozens of tiny paperback borrowing libraries at subway stations, usually located outside of turnstiles for commuters. Japanese say the borrowing libraries foster a sense of community.

Mexico City's subway has adopted other measures to improve the commute, including installing art exhibits in stations and requiring men and women to ride separate cars at rush hour to prevent sexual harassment.

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