Today’s Headlines

  • Two Pedestrians Killed, Four Injured by Drivers in Brooklyn This Weekend (NYT, News, Post)
  • News: Cops With a History of Drunk Driving Are Welcome at NYPD
  • DWI Case Against Adam Clayton Powell IV Unresolved After Two Years (NYT)
  • Daily News Lays It on the Line: Albany Hypocrites Responsible for MTA Mess
  • At Long Last, Are Transit Countdown Clocks for Real? (NYT)
  • MTA to Restore Fare Collection Along Staten Island Railway (Advance, SAS)
  • NJ Transit Rates Could Jump 25 Percent; Gas Tax Unchanged for 22 Years and Counting (MTR)
  • Northeast Corridor Is Ripe for Model HSR, So Why Is Washington Ignoring It? (NYT)
  • Park Slope Businesses Blame "Stupid" Park Smart for Slow Traffic (NY1)
  • Riverdale Merchants Quash Plan to Flood Johnson Avenue With Potential Customers (R’dale Press)
  • Queens Center Mall Accused of Meter-Tampering to Lure Customers to Garage (News)
  • Watch this time lapse of Flatbush & Atlantic. Note that the pedestrian crossing is never void of cars, the presence of traffic cop notwithstanding:
    http://freakinblog.com/2010/03/07/atlantic-flatbush-time-lapse/

  • vnm

    Daily News calls out state politicians who kill congestion pricing and de-fund student MetroCards … and then bash the MTA.

  • DavidCEisen

    In what way is the Daily News bashing the MTA?

  • DavidCEisen: I think you’re misinterpreting the sentence:

    Daily News calls out (state politicians who kill congestion pricing and de-fund student MetroCards … and then bash the MTA.)

    Not

    Daily News (calls out state politicians who kill congestion pricing and de-fund student MetroCards) … (and then bash the MTA.)

    As in they are calling out these politicians who BOTH kill congestion, de-fund student MetroCards, AND bash the MTA. It’s not saying that the Daily News is doing both of these things: Calling out politicians, and bashing the MTA.

  • Thanks vnm. Missed that one.

  • That NY1 story on ParkSMART is so wrong it would be funny if it wasn’t so important to properly price curbside parking.

    There’s the guy who’s upset by higher rates, then complains that it’s bad for running errands because he can’t find parking? Huh?

    Then there’s the shot of empty tables at El Pollo (which is a favorite place of hours — great Peruvian chicken at low prices), implying that the meter rates are costing them customers. I have never, ever, seen more than three tables occupied at any one time, dating to well before the rates were raised.

    Lastly, the reporter’s claim that the MuniMeters don’t take credit cards is just wrong. Did she even bother to look at one of them? Completely irresponsible reporting.

    Restaurant owners should actually be pushing for the extension of meter hours, since after 7 pm, a number of spots get tied up by overnight parkers. A two-hour limit from 6 pm to 10 pm would actually be to their great benefit. Under current conditions, it’s nearly impossible to find a spot on Fifth Avenue after 7 pm.

  • Eric — I thought the same thing. Just a story about people bashing ParkSmart without explaining how it is supposed to work or the ideas behind it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Ravitch: let’s borrow more to pay for operating costs, as long as there is a deal to provide diminished public services for younger generations permanently.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/03/08/2010-03-08_borrow_our_way_out_of_debt_plan_that_rescued_city_in_70s_can_save_state_ravitch.html

    Just one time.

    “In 1991, the state created a MAC-like mechanism to mop up its own recurring red ink by issuing $4.3 billion in long-term debt to replace the annual “spring borrowing.” When the fiscal crisis of 2002-03 hit, the state once again borrowed to pay operating expenses — this time more than $4 billion in bonds backed by future revenues from the national tobacco settlement. The same year, the Legislature voted to authorize a whole new class of long-term bonds — backed by a pledge of statewide sales-tax receipts — to refinance New York’s remaining MAC debt. All this deficit borrowing, plus a little more, now accounts for roughly $10 billion of the $60 billion in outstanding state-funded debt.”

    http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/ravitch_rescue_aIdLeisUIJXklR56IrW5UK

    We can at least vote against the bond issue, right?

    “To avoid having to get voter approval for adding to the state’s already staggering $60.4 billion debt load, Ravitch’s plan would look to issue the bonds through a public authority.”

  • Re #6, that should be “favorite place of ours,” not “hours.”

  • I do owe a rather large apology to the reporter — there is apparently a programming glitch with the Muni Meters in Park Slope, preventing the use of credit cards (why they should be different from Muni Meters in other locations is a bit baffling, and just one more sad commentary on the inefficiency of city government). The glitch is being corrected.

    As far as I know, though, the meters do accept parking cards, which can be purchased in many locations along the avenues.

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