Today’s Headlines

  • Safety in Numbers: TA Finds Cyclist Injuries Down for Fifth Straight Year (WSJ)
  • Paterson Threatens to Shut Down State Government in Lieu of Budget Deal (NYT)
  • Albany AWOL on Funds for Station Agents (AMNY); New Signs Tell Riders Not to Expect Bus (SAS)
  • Bruce Schaller Says Road Pricing Campaigns Must Appeal to Motorist Selfishness (Planetizen)
  • Denny Farrell, Foe of Pricing and Bus Cams, Draws First Primary Challenge in 18 Years (SOP)
  • WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein Files a Nice Little Piece on Performance Parking (@ 3:00 Mark)
  • Hothead Monserrate Aide Caught With Fake Placard, Without License (City Room, News, Post)
  • Bronx Merchants Up in Arms Over Space-Hogging Parking Agents (News)
  • Maniac Drivers Terrorize Residents of Springfield Gardens, On and Off the Street (News)
  • No Place to Park Bikes at "Green" Downtown Brooklyn Condo Tower (Fifty Car Pileup)
  • No End in Sight to Gulf Oil Spill; Friedman Says Mother Nature Is Watching (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    RE Motor selfishness. One possiblity that “Gridlock Sam” has alluded to is to reduce the tolls on non-CBD crossings as part of the plan to toll all those entering Manhattan south of (say) 110th Street.

    One could argue that those driving between Staten Island and Brooklyn or the Bronx and Queens should not cross-subsidize the transit system to the same extent as those driving into Manhattan. This is the opposite of the Shelly Silver plan to make Brooklyn residents pay more to drive to Staten Island than to Manhattan.

    The problem, at this point, is that any such congestion pricing proposal would first be used to repeal the wage tax, and there is not enough money to go around. They’ve pretty much boxed us in. Perhaps what has to change is the fact that “a small minority of drivers” can block anything politically in Albany.

    We have a bunch of small minorities with very good deals, and an increasingly less well off majority.

  • Bolwerk

    I found this on Slate, tying Jane Jacobs’ views on street safety to the recent attempted terrorist attack (“Cheney’s Wrong, Jacobs Was Right, and Cameras Do Work: Three lessons from the Times Square bomb.”):

    In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, self-taught urban scholar and activist Jane Jacobs observed that sidewalks and their users are “active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism” (by “barbarism,” she meant crime) and that a continuously busy sidewalk is a safe sidewalk, because those who have business there—”the natural proprietors of the street”—provide “eyes upon the street.”

    Jacobs, who died in 2006, would not have been surprised to learn that it was two street vendors who first notified police of the suspicious Nissan Pathfinder parked on West 45th Street just off Broadway.


Neighborhoods and Parking Reform: Show Them The Money

Now that the Legislature has said "no" to pricing streets, attention has turned to pricing curbside parking. It’s no secret that meter rates are ridiculously low. This is because the DOT has been told by generations of mayors to keep the price down in an effort to appease motorists. The cost of this ill-considered gesture […]

DOT’s 5-Year Plan: Faster Buses, Smarter Parking, 5-Boro Citi Bike, Lots More

NYC DOT published a new strategic plan yesterday [PDF], marking the first time the agency has refreshed its guiding document under Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. In addition to synthesizing a lot of work that DOT has previously announced (pedestrian safety plans, Select Bus Service routes, a wider Brooklyn Bridge promenade), the update includes several new projects and initiatives. The […]

Today’s Headlines

Real Estate Tax, Pension Contributions And Albany Pile On To MTA’s Money Woes (NY1) Poll Shows GOP Could Retake State Senate (Post) Without Market for Office Space, Atlantic Yards Proposes a Plaza Instead (City Room) Tish James Revives Call for Residential Permit Parking Near Arena (Brooklyn Paper) Bloomberg Endorses Parking Ticket Quotas as Traffic Enforcement Metric (News) […]

Bratton, de Blasio Release Guidelines on How to Use Fake Parking Placards

Standing outside 1 Police Plaza this morning, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping expansion of New York City’s fake parking placard program. “It is deeply, profoundly unfair that an insular cadre of entitled jerks can park in bus stops with impunity, forcing old ladies with canes to shuffle awkwardly into the […]

Today’s Headlines

Gore, Climate Change Panel Win Nobel Peace Prize (NYT) Storms Bring Flooding, Tornado Warning (AMNY, Gothamist, 1010 WINS) Anti-Pricing Group Recommends Parking Reform (NYT) Lawmakers Rally Against Verrazano Toll Increase (Brooklyn Paper) Williams Says Illegal Parking Pics Were a ‘Cheap Shot’ (Brooklyn Paper) City Investigating Yankees’ Rent Deduction Claims (News) State Plan Would Use Garage […]

Today’s Headlines

More Pricing Committee Coverage (Politicker, The Real Estate) Queens CB1 Puts Parking Deck Atop Pricing Wish List (Queens Gazette) Majority Would Escape Fare Increase, MTA Says (Post, AMNY) Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood Grouses Over New Bus Route (News) Markowitz Holds Off Reappointing Dolly Williams to Planning Commission (News) Newtown Creek Park Opens Saturday (NYT) Public Ready […]