Give Me Traffic Congestion or Give Me Death

Behold the awesomeness that is the logo of the Stop NYC Congestion Tax web site by Brooklyn Young Republican Jonathan J. Judge (not to be confused with the mysterious Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free web site). I’m no brand identity specialist but here’s how I read it:

Grumpy over deteriorating air quality, low visibility and climate change-induced summer heat during this year’s July 4 weekend traffic blitz, Lady Liberty wades over to the Holland Tunnel, picks up a red white and blue sedan, and threatens to hurl it into New York Harbor unless policy makers do something about New York City’s traffic congestion problem.

As for the slogan on her pedestal: Even if we cede the point that congestion charging is a tax rather than a user fee, given that the majority of New York City households don’t even own a car, aren’t motor vehicles pretty well represented on New York City’s publicly-owned streets, bridges and highways?

  • Is this what the American dream has boiled down to in the 21st Century?

    Instead of shining a light to the huddled masses around the world, Lady Liberty now takes on the heavy lifting of supporting our national addiction to oil.

    Frankly, I don’t think she can carry it much longer. The punished Titan Atlas would be a better symbol of the impact of cars on the city’s quality of life.

  • dood
  • Willie Makit

    “Drive Free?!”

    Again, the pro congestion lobby gets it wrong. Driving is _never_ free, especially in a dense city like NYC.

    from T.A. :

    # “Free” East River bridges cost tax payers a bundle:

    * $600 million to maintain and operate and $1.62 billion to rebuild over the last decade.
    * $600 million to maintain and operate and $833 million to rebuild over the next decade.

    Plus, drivers slows everyone else, soils the air we all breathe, and makes it difficult for bus riders, pedestrians and bicyclists to move, much less move safely. all of these costs are borne more heavily by low and middle income new yorkers who drive less and are more likely to live near choked motorways.

    Drivers are not the only ones with a right to mobility and comfort! Congestion pricing, in thinning traffic and returning revenue to transit, will give bus riders, pedestrians and cyclists what they have never had: equal right to safe and expeditious movement.

  • mork

    http://www.stopnyccongestiontax.org/petition.php
    52 is great.

    Well, the number of the signature has changed, but as Arlo Guthrie once said, it’s now a movement.

  • Mitch

    An interesting choice of symbolism. Lady Liberty lives in a car-free neighborhood.

  • d

    And visitors to her island have to pay to get there.

  • nobody

    The creator of this website interns for both Congressman Vito Fossella and CB14.

    Only 4% of CB14 residents commute to Manhattan, and thus would be subject to the congestion charge.

    Interestingly, he also interned for the Straphangers Campaign.

  • MrManhattan

    >> The creator of this website interns for both Congressman Vito Fossella and CB14.

    Anyone know if he owns a blue dress??

  • The url for “Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free” is
    http://keepnycfree.com/

    The “mysterious” link you published is NoCongestionTax.org

  • Thanks for the correction.

    It’s tricky to know which of the pro-congestion web sites is which as no one seems to want to put their names on them.

  • Andy B from Jersey

    Wow. Lot’s of Neocon Republican / Heritage Foundation rhetoric and absolutely nothing scientific or otherwise provable to back it up. How typical! These guys are the true anarchists not the Friday evening cyclists.

  • JF

    You’re right, Andy, but most of the opponents of congestion pricing are actually center-right Democrats, and the proponents are a mixture of left-wing Democrats, Greens and Republicans. Funny to hear Democrats repeating neocon propaganda, isn’t it?

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