Mr. Kirby thinks it is safe for youngsters to play sports in public streets since he, as a young boy, played in the streets and no incidents of danger occurred. Does he not realize that when he was a young boy:
there were fewer vehicles in motion;
their speeds were a lot less;
most streets were unpaved;
fewer driver distractions existed;
fewer playground facilities existed;
more younger and much older drivers now exist.
There are many other conditions one could cite. Anyway, where I live in an Evans subdivision, the kids make you wait until their instance of playing is completed. Nowadays there exist more public playgrounds, and church/school sports indoor/outdoor facilities. Kids do need to play and have fun, but the streets need to be reserved totally for vehicle travel.