Today’s Headlines

  • Bloomberg: Sheridan Teardown Would Create Too Much Neighborhood Truck Traffic (WNYC)
  • Citing Truck Traffic, Lawsuit Filed to Stop FreshDirect’s City-Funded Move to South Bronx (NYT, WNYC)
  • Experts Weigh Odds of Hudson Rail Tunnel; Lhota: New York Lacks Transpo Leadership (Capital)
  • Lhota: Young New Yorkers More Invested in Transit Than Their Albany Representatives (Capital, Kabak)
  • Andrew Cuomo’s Transportation Agenda: Hundreds of Subsidized Electric Car Stations (Capital)
  • Lhota Holds Up Bus Lane Cameras After Learning City Gets All Ticket Revenue (News, Kabak)
  • Rachel Weinberger: LA’s Transit System Will Soon Be Superior to New York’s (Transpo Nation)
  • Bloomberg Thinks Ray Kelly’s NYPD Gets Plenty of Oversight (DNA)
  • Justin Murray, 49, Killed by Van Driver on Queens Boulevard (Post)
  • Ex-Cop Gets Six Months in Jail for Midtown DWI Crash That Injured Passengers (DNA)
  • NIMBYs Fear Change in Fort Greene! Also: Public Gathers to Reimagine Fulton Street (DNA)
  • De Blasio: More Yellow Cab Medallions Now, Livery Hails Later … Maybe (News)
  • Tri-State’s Loss = New York’s Gain: Executive Director Kate Slevin to Join NYC DOT (MTR)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    Kaback:  might the younger offspring, other relatives, and cronies of today’s geriatric state legislators, who will be appointed to replace them, be more pro-transit despite having cocooned in the placardarri?
     
    Boston Globe:  up there by that time, if younger generations continue to insist on riding transit, it may be in collapse due to irreversible financial decisions by older generations to shift costs to younger generations that have already been made.
     
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/06/14/surging_mbta_ridership_could_overwhelm_system_report_warns/
     
    “Developers are clamoring to build in areas near public transit, and real estate trends, state and local policy, gas prices, and highway traffic are causing demand for the MBTA to grow faster than the regional population.”

    “But without investment in more subway cars, better power and signal systems, and other tools to relieve MBTA crowding, scattered congestion will become widespread, with riders at “hot spots’’ unable to board because cars are too full, and with backups and bottlenecks causing delays systemwide.”

    “The findings in the report, scheduled for release Thursday, inject additional urgency to the T’s financial crisis and come amid debate on Beacon Hill debate over how much to invest in public transportation. The MBTA shoulders the biggest debt burden of any transit agency in the nation.”
     
    Taken as a whole, Massachusetts has a huge unfunded pension liability as a result of past retroactive enhancements, and a history of low public capital construction expenditures.  When I combined these factors with debts to come up with a “sold out future” ranking Mass was the second worst in the country behind Rhode Island.  If NYC (including NYC Transit) had been a separate state, it would have ranked fourth worst.

    Transit does not exist in a vacuume.  At the federal level, old age benefits that should have been saved for when the entire baby boom was working but were not are about to devastate public financing.  At the state level, retroactive pension deals are about to devastate the schools.   In NYC, rather than admit the schools are doomed, the Bloomberg Administration has been cutting everything else disproportionately.  With the teacher’s union the most powerful politically, the candidates who want to replace him are promising the same.

  • IsaacB

    The Post story on Justin Murray is exemplary in its treatment of the victim and those who knew (and loved) him. Worth a read and a comment.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent headline juxtaposition showing the contradiction of the City approving and subsidizing a massive Fresh Direct facility in the South Bronx without public review of the environmental impacts of the GUARANTEED increased truck traffic, while refusing to even consider the Sheridan tear down based on even the unsubstantiated SPECTER of more truck traffic. Can’t have it both ways Mike

  • Bolwerk

    Re Sheridan: is the truck traffic gonna approach that seen on some Manhattan avenues?  They don’t seem to give the slightest damn about that. 

  • kevd

    Wow.
    “NIMBYs Fear Change in Fort Greene!” huh? Great title.
    It really seems like you care about the concerns of neighborhood residents who feel their voices and opinions have been ignored by the Business improvement district.
    A perfect title to prove to the world that livable streets advocates are just a bunch of gentrifiers who don’t care one iota about the concerns of other residents. Its like you were trying to support the NY Post’s caricature of you. Good work.

  • kevd

    And I say that because I am a supporter of your efforts, and I’d prefer that you not make yourself so easily dismissed by your, and our opponents. 

    I’d recommend a change to something that isn’t so snarky & dismissive. 

  • Brad Aaron

    @kevdflb:disqus That headline was meant as more of a swipe at the DNAinfo story, which to my eye buried the lede and (unintentionally I assume) made critics of the BID appear ridiculous.

  • The star of the DNAinfo story, Schellie Hagan, is indeed deserving of ridicule.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/02/17/productive-exchange-of-ideas-breaks-out-at-fort-greene-plaza-workshop/

  • kevd

    I guess I read exactly opposite from what was intended – inferring that you were suggesting the critics were ridiculous. I certainly expected them to seem ridiculous from the Streetsblogs headline (like the anti-CitiBike station people in a recent article from just a couple blocks a way), and then read the DNA article and it seemed to me they probably had some very legitimate gripes about a BID that had’t particularly cared about their opinions. I didn’t realize your sarcasm was directed at the DNA article, not at the participants themselves.

    It could be that I’m on a hair trigger here – trying to make sure the Preysers of the world have as little ammunition as possible – but I see now what you intended. Thank you for the explanation. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if many other people make the mistake I made!

    Thanks.

  • kevd

    And of course now I feel like a jerk for the vehemence of my original post…… 🙂

  • FG resident

    In this specific case, the anti-BID activists are total looney tunes.

  • The mind of NIMBY

    It’s always amazing to me that a person can be at a public planning meeting sponsored by a local BID and then complain that the local BID has left the public out of the planning process.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve gotta say, for a Cuomo appointee, I’m liking a lot of what I hear from Joe Lhota.  

  • kevd

    Perhaps some of them (Hagan) are looney, but they definitely didn’t all come off as wing-nuts in the DNA article I read.
    These 3 people all come across as pretty reasonable, and from what is in the article at least, shouldn’t be simply dismissed as “don’t ever change anything” NIMBYs.
    Michael Courton – “This is a well organized event and I think useful information will come from it… I have concerns too, but I don’t think this was the place to air my grievances.”Sandy – “The FAB Alliance changed the feel of the neighborhood in a negative way with no regard for our concerns.”Roslyn Huebener – “This is too little too late.”

  • Pete

    @kevdflb:disqus – I’m still unclear what this crowd is opposed to in terms of what’s happened in Fort Greene.  Sure, the demographics of the neighborhood have changed, but that’s the case all over NYC.  What are they specifically opposed to?

  • kevd

    I don’t know exactly what those people are opposed to. The FAB Alliance seems to just be this Hagan character. I think the others were simply voicing the (rather plausible) objection that the BID’s interests are not aligned with their own, and that the BID – until now – seemed to operate behind closed doors without much community input.

    Hagan’s take (from the link Ben posted) is that the BID is interested in maximizing rents for its members, which means that no, it is not concerned with long-term businesses closing because that IS a chance for a new chic bar or restaurant to open.
    That makes perfect sense to me, and if I’d watched so many of my neighbors, people & businesses, get priced out of my neighborhood – and seen that the BID encourages this process, then I’d be pretty skeptical of anything the BID was engaged it, and actually pretty damn angry about it.

    While I think Hagan’s take on plazas is absurd and disagree with it strongly, I don’t think her opinion that the BID being primarily interested in increasing rents is a crazy or looney one – even if she is a crazy or looney one.

  • kevd

    in the first sentence I meant “Fulton Area Coming Together,” not the FAB alliance… as that is the BID….

  • kevd

    PS. I’m not commenting on the veracity of the claims regarding the BID. Just that some seem plausible and they probably shouldn’t simply be dismissed as NIMBYism.

  • fj

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Joins ITDP in New York to Kickoff Rio + 20

    Janette Sadik-Khan followed his remarks with the example of NYC’s new bike share program, which will provide access to 10,000 bikes in locations in New York City, with the first of these opening in July.

    http://www.itdp.org/news/un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon-joins-itdp-in-new-york-to-kickoff-rio-20/