June 11, 2014

Question of the Week: If the city of Modesto were to lift the ban on cruising, do you think teens would embrace it as the “American Graffiti” generation did? It was a popular weekend night activity through the 1980s.

Mark Borges, junior, Hughson High School

Mark Borges, junior, Hughson High School

It would definitely be interesting to see if our generation would actually try this activity. I think we’d see a lot more old-timers cruising down McHenry trying to relive their youthful days than we would teenagers.

Nick Mitchell, junior, Central Valley High School

I don’t believe that teenagers would embrace the cruising culture like early generations did. I doubt people would think cruising down McHenry would be fun.

Dominique Germann, sophomore, Modesto Junior College

I already see enough tiny 1980s Honda Civics “cruising” through Modesto. Well, those are actually 30-year-olds.

Taylor Menezes, graduate, Central Catholic High School

I know I would!

James Tyner, senior, Enochs High School

Modern teens don’t have a love affair with cars like our predecessors did, and today it’s difficult even to find the means to afford a car – plus insurance and gas – without parental assistance. Cars today are less of a societal statement than they are a tool or a utility. Sure, some cars are more fashionable than others, but “cruisin’ McHenry” doesn’t have quite the romance that it used to.

This question is answered by members of Teens in the Newsroom,

a journalism program for local high school students.

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