Today’s Headlines

  • NYPD Traffic and Parking Enforcement on Track for Eight-Year Low (Post)
  • Willets Point Mega-Development Shifts From Mixed-Use Plan to Suburban Mess (NYTWSJ)
  • Some Day We’ll Look Back on the Silliness Before Bike-Share Launched and Have a Laugh (GGW)
  • Ten MTA Employees to Face Charges for Signal Inspection Fraud (News)
  • Sloppy Reporting From NY1 on the Fourth Ave/Sunset Park Pedestrian Safety Plan
  • Manhattan CB 3 Committee Approves Seward Park Redevelopment in Contentious Vote (LoDown)
  • With Interest Rates Hitting Rock Bottom, Refinancing MTA Debt Could Work Out Well — Or Not (MTR)
  • In Bizarro NYC, City Council Makes Sure Drivers Pay for the Parking They Use (Post)
  • DOT to Seek CB 4 Approval for Megabus Curbside Pick-Up By Port Authority (DNA)
  • On the Plus Side, Maybe This Will Remind More People to Take the Train to the Game (B’stoner)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    RE:  Refinancing.  The MTA has done all the things the CBC identifies a screwing the future in the past.  Over and over again.  And it is now the future.

    The one refinancing the MTA absolutely ought to do is getting out of variable rate bonds and into fixed rate bonds.  Even if it COSTS money in the short run.  All over the country, governments and their agencies are being wrecked by those “sophisticated” deals.  Keeping the clock ticking on disaster is yet another victimization of those who will live here in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Much sarcasm in today’s headlines.

  • Rhubarbpie

    Yeah, just what we need in Queens — a mall. In some ways, Willets Point is the most valuable land in the city, since it is ideally located near highway for shipping (don’t know if there’s actual rail freight capacity, but you can’t have everything) and public transportation. And much of it has been used for exactly the kinds of businesses we should promote in New York — not the car repair shops (though they have their place) but the spice distributor and other relatively small-scale industry that constantly get priced out of other neighborhoods. Or can’t find appropriate space, like many food-related businesses. They often supply decent, non-service jobs that even pay a liveable salary. But instead, in a total lack of imagination, City Hall is promoting shopping. Nice job.  

  • Larry Littlefield

    At Willets Point “It may be years before anything is built.”

    By that time, the market may have a clearer picture of how the internet has affected the demand for retail space, office space, etc — and parking at commercial locations.  The picture is cloudy right now, though it appears that Queens could use more retail space, as it is far less “overstored” that the suburbs.

  • Anonymous

    Exciting:  New report found no increase in crashes, and some decreases in crashes, as more bikes and peds hit the road:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2012/05/16/new-report-finds-that-more-biking-and-walking-does-not-increase-crash-rate/

  • Anonymous

    Also in bizarro NYC, Vacca proposes that your $2.25 subway fare pay for 38 miles of travel instead of just a single trip. After all, 38 miles is the longest trip your fare can buy with a transfer so its just fair that everyone gets that distance. Vacca said, “At the end of the day, this is the transit rider’s money we are talking about.”

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