On the 16th Street Buses

I just came back from my last ballet class before the holidays. To go to my classes, I usually take the S2 bus outside my building, which runs on 16th Street all the way up to Silver Spring in Maryland, where my dance studio is. 16th Street is apparently the street in the world with the most religions represented in the same street. (Yes, I too see the irony of me living here!) Therefore, the bus is always full with a variety of different church goers every Sunday morning when I take the bus. It’s quite interesting to watch people from all over the world, often dressed up traditional clothes, heading to their particular church. I am, of course, not entirely sure what the difference is, but it seems important to my fellow passengers who get off at different stops according to their Christian affiliation. They often come in larger groups with several families going together and they seem to look forward to their church visits. It is still more common in the U.S. to believe that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time over the last 10,000 years or so” (45 % according to a 2007 Gallup poll) than it is to not belong to a particular religion (some 15%). Perhaps in an attempt to counter balance all the different believes in the street, this this campaign has run on the 16th Street buses these past months.


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