Today’s Headlines

  • Lhota: There’s No Escaping the 2013 Fare Hike (NBC via 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • School Bus Cuts Force Kids to Cross Hellish Queens Streets (Q Chron)
  • Parks Officers Handed Out 188 Tickets to Prospect Park Cyclists in Four Months (Bklyn Paper)
  • Pols Still Aren’t Done With Their Kabuki Act Following Port Authority Toll Hikes (NY1)
  • City: Let’s Upgrade Ped/Bike Bridge to East River Esplanade; CB 8: How Dare You! (DNA)
  • Your Tax $ at Work: Car-Oriented Biz Incubator Fails in Queens (Post)
  • Post Bashes TWU, Doesn’t Mention MTA Debt Bomb
  • City Ramps Up Its Streets-as-Stormwater-Sponge Program (News)
  • We Always Knew Jeff Klein Thought He Was Above the Law (Post)
  • Times Opinion: America Needs to Get Teens Driving Again

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Post Bashes TWU, Doesn’t Mention MTA Debt Bomb.”

    Union blasts debts, doesn’t mention pension bomb.  Unions blast soaring executive pay, executives blast soaring public employee pensions.  “Don’t blame us, look what they did.”

    Those who were already the best off in older generations make out better and better.  Those who were the worse off and younger generations make out worse and worse.  No one brings this up.  Because it is the one thing they all agree on.

    Well, that isn’t entirely true.  The TWU hasn’t done a screw the newby deal, yet.

  • Larry Littlefield

    A couple of other notes.  Young people are doing exactly the right things, contra the articles.  Older generations have left them poorer, and they are adjusting to living on less by cutting out what is less important to them.  All objective measures show that they are doing the right things for themselves and others more than young people did in the era the Times is lauding.  Adults today!

    Meanwhile, having fled the Five Towns in terror, my daugther and I were driving around New Jersey yesterday — in Secaucus and then down through Jersey City and Bayonne.  Just about every road we drove on had a speed limit of 25, just as in Tulsa OK.  The speed limit is lower in Secaucus New Jersey than in New York City.

  • carma

    i have to agree with the times.  the youth today are REALLY lazy and unmotivated.  the facebook, twitter, etc… really are making the youths sit behind a computer, phone all day.  they need to GET OUT.  theres more to the world than status updates.  they dont need to have a car.  just get out of the house.  ive seen too many kids just go home and hide behind their laptops, and guess what.  in a few years, they will all have some form of depression.  as wonderful as it is to connect in the virtual world, they need to come out and get some sunlight.

  • Anonymous

    I was so annoyed by that Times op-ed that I tried to contact the authors directly.  Best I could find was the daughter’s Facebook page.  It seemed like an older guy so out of touch with what’s truly happening in the younger generation, and his daughter, also out of touch because she’s, well, maybe spoiled, complaining about a whole generation because they’re relying on outdated assumptions.  This younger generation amazes me every day. Yes, they’re on Facebook a lot, and they’re also blowing the cobwebs out and getting REAL things done at a faster pace than most generations before them.  These two writers don’t know what they’re talking about.  

    And yes, I agree with Ben’s angle introducing the piece:  uh, driver licenses and car ownership are not necessarily an indicator of a healthy generation, dummy.  Maybe the declines in their numbers ARE.

  • carma

    @ddartley:disqus 

    the times op-ed is not completely false.  im only at most 10 years older than this so called younger generation, so i do have a few younger cousins and their friends that i do see who like to “hide” into cyberspace.  and guess what, they really are not choosing to live productive lives.  If you take the context of going out and driving literally, you are not getting the point that youths really need to go out and just experience the world.

  • I was sitting next to the lady at CB8 who wanted the option of being able to run onto the FDR in case she was attacked while on the East River Esplanade.  I also saw the outraged NIMBYs who couldn’t believe that their hired building staff might have to walk as many as 20 or so feet out of the way to deposit the garbage in a new spot due to the ramp, or that they faced curtailment of their (illegal) parking on the E.81st Street cul-de-sac, or that the lights on the facility might be visible from their windows at night.  But the thing that sent the irony of these misguided NIMBY haters through the roof were the simultaneous  demands from some of the same people that the ramp had to be “like the Highline.” 

    Do these people understand all the years of work and other resources that went into the Highline?  Do they understand the difference between an access ramp and mile-long world-class attraction?  Do they think that the neighbors of the Highline make zero sacrifices as a result of having that facility in their neighborhood? 

    “Give me the Highline next to my building–I hear it’s good for property values–but don’t impact me or my lifestyle in any other way.”

    Unbelievable. Lack. Of. Vision. This is why the East Side is so far behind the rest of Manhattan and will stay that way.

  • Missed this excellent Clyde Haberman column via BrooklynSpoke:
    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/a-reminder-of-the-danger-of-city-streets/ 

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    I think many of us agree that a new generation driving less is a good thing. Can we now take steps to help them “get up and get going” by using a bike to get around? I know, for instance, that the rates of children and teens walking or biking to school has been declining for years now. What can we, as activists, do to encourage our kids and teens to walk and bike more? 

  • Ian Turner

    Regarding the Times opinion piece: “Todd G. Buchholz is the author of ‘Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race.’ ”

    Enough said.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    I submitted the following comment on DNA info and I think other streetsblog users who feel the same might consider echoing the sentiment to DNA info directly….

    I think, generally speaking, most of the East River Esplanade users (cyclists, joggers, skaters, walkers, etc.) might in fact LIKE the proposed improvement. Did reporter Amy Zimmer think of including that information? If the potential supporters are edited out of the story, it reads like an editorial piece against the proposed improvements. I’m guessing if Ms. Zimmer asked some of the cyclists or stroller-pushers (who currently struggle to navigate stairs) if they support the change, she would have had a much more balanced story. Instead, the lame NIMBY concerns are amplified and the community benefits are minimized. Please be more balanced in your coverage of proposed safety improvements in the city. If it’s all about “community conflict” in your stories, you are reporting the wrong story!
    (BTW, a message of this type could probably be recycled on a near-daily basis ’round these parts!)

  • Joe R.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like East Side residents just complain, complain, complain solely for the sake of complaining? Some of the “concerns” BicyclesOnly said the NIMBYs voiced go from the ridiculous to the sublime. My only complaint about that bridge might be that it should be wider, and physically divided to separate pedestrians from cyclists. 

  • Joe R.

    Regarding the NY Times article, while I agree the younger generation needs to get out into the real world more (and leave their electronic toys behind when they do), they definitely don’t need to experience the world from behind a windshield. It could be argued cars and driver’s licenses give people too much mobility. Shorter distance travel should be fairly easy and convenient (bikes, walking, public transit can easily fill this role). Longer distance travel, as in the kind cars facilitate, really shouldn’t. Years ago many people never went more than some tens of miles from where they were born. They survived and thrived. In many ways they may have been happier than the hordes today constantly taking trips in search of something.

    The author also complains about the reluctance of today’s youth to relocate for work. Why should anyone, especially a young person, move away from what’s familiar to them just to earn a buck? Lots of young people living alone is a good recipe for mental illness. Indeed, just look at how drug sales for various psychoactive drugs has skyrocketed in the last few generations. Simply put, everyone needs a support system of some type. This is generally an extended family. A young person learning to cope with life needs this even more. Few people are strong enough to stand on their own. Really, we should be celebrating the lack of desire for mobility among the younger generation. Sure, go out into the world more, but that can be as simple as taking a walk, or a long bike ride to another neighborhood. I still discover new things on my rides even though I’ve been riding 34 years.

  • carma

    @2555783a6f62598b6aadd2d882a4830f:disqus 

    Thats the point i was trying to get at.  THe younger generation are too spoiled behind the toys.  i dont think the article meant ONLY go out with a car.  he did mention a bit about a bicycle too at the end.  sure if you take everything directly into context, you can interpret it as go out and drive, but the bigger point is that the youth need to explore the world.

    speaking of mental illness.  its a horrible epidemic worse than so-called obesity.  wiring your brain 24-7 to social media, but without any real social interaction is almost like being in solitary confinement.  no wonder psychodepressive medications are so prescribed.

    i would like to think that im cutting edge with technology, but theres more joys that you get from walking in a park, riding your bicycle, and simply turning off the tv and watching your kids play, dance, draw, talk, etc…  even scrabble cant be played together in a social setting, but instead is done now on the Words with friends app.

  • Alan

    Carma– do you actually use social media? A lot, if not most of us, in the “younger generation” use our “toys” to arrange “real social interaction” like bike rides, dancing, drawing, and talking, quickly and conveniently. A lot of people staring at their cell phones when they’re out and about are using them to make spontaneous plans to meet their friends or find a place to eat.

    –24 year old who grew up behind a computer, has lived in 4 states, and traveled through 33 of them so far via bicycle, plane, train, bus, and car, usually carrying a smartphone & laptop I used to arrange “real social interaction”

  • carma

    @26ef51cae0357832ddbd55fed8e3fcec:disqus 
    Of course i use it.   but seriously, lots of folks also LIVE on it without social interaction.

  • Driver

    Re: Your Tax $ at Work: Car-Oriented Biz Incubator Fails in Queens
    This was a government pork project aimed at promoting small businesses ownership in an industry that is dominated by large corporations and consolidations.  The fact that the building is car oriented is pretty much irrelevant.  The fact that it was a government funded project and not a true business venture is not.

  • Kwyrauch

    As someone who grew up in PA, went to college in NYC, and now lives in California, all before becoming old enough to legally rent a car, let me be the first to call out that NY Times editorial.

  • Bolwerk

    The Buchholz article was nothing short of pseudo-academic absurdity. It’s the type of cruft The New York Times laps up to convince its right-wing IQ-of-105 readership that the Times is edgy. The real fear among older generations and those in wider media industry, not to mention the automobile industry, is that younger generations really are freeing themselves from the authoritarian shackles of suburban life mediated through a television screen and sustained by a private car. Rather than throw away the societies that reared them, cultured them, and educated them, they’re sticking around near their families and friends. The Boomers should be thankful their children aren’t treating them the way the Boomers treated their parents.

    There are real problems with social media addiction, but they aren’t any worse than the problems traditionally associated with non-social media addiction (e.g., watching soaps and Law & Order all day).

  • carma

    @3a9cb377ae68ba7b489d30e5eb859747:disqus 
    You make too many assumptions here.  1.  The ny time based readership is hardly what you called right-wing.  its a lot more liberal than you think.  2.  many of this so called younger generation stuck behind the computer are also existent in the big cities.  dont just assume its a suburbanite problem. its simply a problem.  3.  the problem is that they are not sticking with families/friends when they are on a virtual world.  they have relocated to a cyber world.

  • Bolwerk

    The Times is the most traditionally (not arch-) conservative paper still standing, but liberals _are_ right-wing too.

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