Today’s Headlines

  • Dan Doctoroff, Would-Be "Moses of the Bloomberg Era," to Resign (NYT)
  • More Ink for Congestion Pricing Experts Brodsky and McCaffrey (Newsday)
  • Decentralized Subway Lines Could Be Revolutionary, Or Not (NYT, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Straphangers Want Fold-Up Seats, Poetry Readings (NYT)
  • Cyclist Hit by Bus Near Times Square; No Charges Expected (AMNY)
  • Walking Tour Ponders Changing Face of Downtown Brooklyn (Bklyn Paper
  • Ambulette Parking Taken Over by City Employees (Bklyn Paper
  • Bloomberg’s Car Stolen Again, This Time From East Side Garage (Post)
  • Detroit Backs Loan Bailout-Enhanced CAFE Bill (NYT)
  • Barbara Ehrenreich: Hell Is a Gated Community (AlterNet)
  • Jonathan

    I was listening to the interview with Doctoroff this morning on WNYC, and one thing that seemed abundantly clear is that his perspective is on keeping NYC competitive with other “global” cities. In the abstract, I think that’s great, but I really question what it means to the individual citizen. I believe that when he speaks of “competition” he is talking about the competition for headquarters of global financial companies and the jobs that they bring, and that in that light, PlaNYC is just a way to assure the Citigroups and Merrill Lynches of the world that New York has a plan to allow them to continue to operate (or expand operations) while the city grows in population (and thus keeping wages low). I really don’t see its primary focus as making New York a more pleasant place to live.

    As for the possibility of a black-green alliance, where large employers and environmental groups could find common cause, I think Doctoroff’s top-down, mayor-knows-best approach probably alienated most of the potential community support. The guy confessed on the radio that he was a poor listener at the beginning; what that made me think was that Deputy Mayor probably is not a great position for on-the-job training in basic leadership skills like listening; why couldn’t Bloomberg hire someone who was a good listener in the first place?

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Just six months ago, an auto industry trade group warned that consumers could be forced to buy vehicles they did not want …

    That happened to me once, when I spent a year in North Carolina. I just wanted to bike and ride the bus, but the town’s infrastructure made that impractical. Sadly, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers did not denounce this situation.

  • Amy

    the audio is on wnyc now if you’d like to listen or embed it.

    http://www.wnyc.org/news/articles/90088

  • rhubarbpie

    Re Doctoroff: He never really developed listening skills, as least those that would have put a brake on over-development. Bloomberg’s hire of Doctoroff is easily explainable: the mayor-elect felt comfortable with him and his agenda, which at the time included a major stadium and the pursuit of the Olympics. They were both business executives who had made a huge amount of money and now they had the city as their plaything.

    It didn’t work out with the stadium, but there are two new stadiums in construction, an arena also in the planning, and at least two massive mostly luxury housing districts (Atlantic Yards, West Side) in the works if things go their way. Very little focus on the needs of people who may not be earning Wall Street salaries until Janette Sadik-Khan’s hiring earlier in the year.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Beware of people who are “hired” for $1 a year.