No Thongs on the Pompidou Expressway! Tomorrow the F.D.R.?

Streestblog foreign correspondent Geoff Zink sends in this snapshot from Paris, France, where every summer since 2002 an expressway running along the River Seine has been transformed into a beach and linear park. More from Geoff on Flickr.

Today, the New York Times reports the new rules: No toplessness. No thongs. "If people want to see breasts, they should go to the Lido, or the Moulin Rouge," says Yvan Hinnemann, a manager of Paris-Plages.

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European Vacation

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DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall’s two week European vacation has gotten off to a lousy start. NPR is reporting that Weinshall, her husband, Senator Chuck Schumer, and their two daughters were stuck in Heathrow Airport for hours after yesterday’s terrorism arrests. The Commissioner and her family were planning on visiting Amsterdam and Paris but have decided to stay […]

Picturing a Car-Free Seine: The New Vision for the Paris Waterfront

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The new plan for the Seine’s left bank will transform space for highways and parking into space for people. The area outside the Musee D’Orsay will host outdoor film screenings. Image: City of Paris. A few weeks ago, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë announced a plan to transform his city’s waterfront, closing 1.2 miles of expressway […]

Sheridan Alternatives Offer Hope for Surface Road in Place of Expressway

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While the city’s refusal to remove the Sheridan Expressway left South Bronx advocates frustrated, the fight to transform the under-used highway continues, with the city’s federally-funded planning study on track for completion in June. A presentation to community partners last week [PDF] shed new light on options the city is considering, offering some hope that the highway’s […]

Today’s Headlines

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De Blasio Doesn’t Rule Out Toll Reform, Wants More for MTA From State Windfall Cash (Observer) NYPD Has Made 17 Arrests Under Right of Way Law; Six Were MTA Bus Drivers (News) Police Use Law on “Case by Case” Basis, Did Not Arrest Drivers in Many Cases (NYT) Driver Kills Isaak Trakhtenberg, 83, Crossing Pennsylvania […]