Every weekday, Sim Bowden manages the pedestrians at the intersection outside of Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill. He's there for an hour and fifteen minutes each morning and afternoon, shepherding kids and adults safely across the busy street. Watching him is mesmerizing. His hand is usually in the air -- he waves to everyone, cars, trucks, school buses. And everyone seems to know Sim.
"Hello, cutie," shouts a mom in a silver SUV.
Today is the last day of school in Chapel Hill, and it also marks the end of Sim's fifteenth year working this corner.