Today’s Headlines

  • Hit-and-Run Drivers Kill Two Women in Separate Incidents Wednesday Night (News)
  • Obama Appoints Federal Transit Administrator (TOW via Streetsblog.net)
  • Tom Friedman Wants a National Carbon Tax Instead of Cap-and-Trade (NYT)
  • The Economist Has Some Questions About High-Speed Rail in the U.S.
  • Brooklyn Paper: Bay Ridge Sidewalk Parking Epidemic Due to ‘Lack of Parking’
  • Study: 21 Percent of NYC Cyclist Fatalities Linked to Alcohol (City Room)
  • Sprawl Development Shouldn’t Qualify as ‘Green Building’ (City of Lakes via Switchboard)
  • Jeff Mapes on America’s Bike Renaissance (Infrastructurist)
  • Beijing Extends Car Restrictions Another Year (AP via Planetizen)
  • MTA Gets in the Blogging Game (Metro via 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Glenn

    Happy Passover & Easter Streetsblog readers.

    Pray for a special session next week…time’s running out.

    We need a State Senate that will Passover inaction which would result in mass transit riders getting nailed to the cross so that the Ravitch Plan (or something similar) can have a resurrection

  • oscarfrye

    are these murders going to be written of as “accidents” again?

  • RE: Beijing Extends Car Restrictions Another Year

    Something’s fishy about this. I visited several cities in China in 2001, and my impression was that industry was more responsible for pollution than cars. For starters, the richest (i.e. most cars) city I visited (Shanghai) had the best air. Beijing’s air was bad, but the worst was Xi’an (in the “midwest”) where the air was appallingly bad. I grew up in an industrial town and I was very familiar with that smell. I suspect what’s really going on is that it’s more expedient to control individual drivers in China than factories. I’ve heard the smog in the really industrial areas in the south is unheard of.

  • oscarfrye

    here’s another hit & run “accident”:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/nick-adenhart-angels-pitc_n_185133.html

    “22-year-old Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a hit-and-run car accident early Thursday morning — just hours after pitching six shutout innings against the Oakland A’s”

  • Glenn

    Here’s an update from the story:

    Cops say the person driving the van fled the scene — but was later caught and charged with felony hit-and-run.

    The driver ran a red light and fled the scene.

    Strange how an article can go from “accident” to “felony hit and run”.

    Bonus question: If the driver had not fled the scene, would it haven been considered a felony or a misdemeanor or a red light traffic ticket?

  • oscarfrye

    Exactly Glenn, I bet if the driver had not fled, this wouldn’t be considered a felony