but it is the people who READ - yes read! - the paper or a book while walking down a NYC street. Are you kidding me?
umm, i'm one of those who walks and reads, though not on the streets. no, i walk and read through the (miles of) halls of the Pentagon. and it goes to another of your irritations. the halls in the Pentagon are WIDE. so of course, people walk three abreast, forcing you, when going in the opposite direction, to flatten yourself against the wall and edge past them. but guess what? when i walk down the hall (on my side!) with book in hand reading as i go, well it's a beautiful thing to see....it's like parting the Red Sea the way people get out of my way!
and yes, i am perfectly aware of the people in front of me. have never run into anyone yet. well, there was that one person who came barreling out of an office, not looking or pausing, and i ran into him. but that was more his fault for racing in front of me.