For decades the governing cry of our cities has been “Never speak to strangers.” I propose that in a democratic city it is imperative that we speak to strangers, live next to them, and learn how to relate to them on many levels, from the political to the sexual. City venues must be designed to allow these multiple interactions to occur easily, with a minimum of danger, comfortably, and conveniently. This is what politics—the way of living in the polis, in the city—is about.

Samuel R. Delany
Bryce Wilner

Samuel R. Delany, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999) (New York University Press, 2019), p. 193.