Today’s Headlines

  • Motorist Kills Feliks Dadiomov, 88, on Ocean Parkway in Sheepshead Bay; No Charges (News)
  • Is Vision Zero on Track When Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths Rise? De Blasio Thinks So (NYT)
  • The Mayor Might Be Less Sanguine If He Attended a Few Victims’ Funerals (News)
  • Port Authority Just a Piggy Bank for Cuomo and Christie Pet Projects (Voice)
  • Christie’s Pillaging of ARC Funds for NJ Road Projects Will Cost Taxpayers $400K (NYT)
  • BID Chief, Kathy Wylde Knock Car-Free Fifth Ave. Proposal, But Electeds Like It (AMNY, Politico)
  • NYCT Rejects Resident Pleas for Better Bus Service on 72nd Street (DNA)
  • Second Avenue Bus Stops Should Be Returned to Original Locations by End of Month (DNA)
  • Stolen Purse Prompts NYPD Car Chase That Injured a Senior and Two Cops (NewsPost)
  • Cuomo’s Regional SOTS Stunt Is a Suburban Pander-Fest (PostNY1)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Morris Zapp

    The mayor’s office has sent that same Austin Finan statement, word for word, to no fewer than three publications, including Streetsblog.

    They’re practically trolling.

  • Kevin Love

    Car-free 5th Avenue and car-free 14th Street!

    Perhaps the best way to achieve a car-free Manhattan is through these pilot projects. When the sky does not fall, and these streets are a success, we can expand the car-free zone.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    People in cars are relatively well protected and only likely to die in high speed crashes. Making small changes to the streets is enough to reduce deaths in cars, though still not by as much as I’d hope. To reduce the deaths of more vulnerable road users it is going to take big design changes, of which we haven’t seen many.

  • bolwerk

    Maybe if we put painted breasts in cars, de Blasio will want to ban them.

  • Larry Littlefield

    That was a made up crisis. And DeBlasio isn’t the guy who made it up.

    I’m not a DeBlasio partisan, but he’s being played by his many political enemies with controversies created to embarrass him.

    The way I put it is that they are “unfairly DeBlasioing former City Council member and Public Advocate DeBlasio.”

  • bolwerk

    Whether he made it up or not, he mentioned being open to the idea of removing the pedestrian plaza.

  • bolwerk

    Also, almost all crises are made up. The exceptions are the ones worth mentioning. 😀

  • Vooch

    Fifth avenue ped/transit zone is a great idea & very pleased it’s gaining traction

  • Kevin Love

    Welcome to politics! Of course, people are going to try to get their way with phony, made-up “crises.” What I fault Mr. de Blasio for is taking them seriously instead of saying something along the lines of:

    “My higher priority is the X number of children poisoned to death and Y number of children crushed to death by car drivers.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    Pandering along.

    As I said, he is being repaid in kind.

    Meanwhile, looks like Trump will be getting Trumped for four years the way DeBlasio has been DeBlasioed.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Welcome to politics!”
    Is there any way to arrange a society where you don’t have a bunch of egomanic sleazeballs running things?

  • bolwerk

    Trump draws strength from being Trumped. de Blasio is weakened by being de Blasio’d.

    (Damn, this is oblique.)

  • bolwerk

    There’s no way in hell such people aren’t going to self-select themselves for leadership.

  • Kevin Love

    Yes, there is. The problem is that these alternatives tend to have worse outcomes. To quote a wiser man than myself:

    ‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…’

    Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947

    Source:
    http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/quotations/the-worst-form-of-government

  • com63

    $400k in fines seems like a slap on the wrist. The real crime is diverting more then $100M in bond money from PANYNJ projects to other projects. By using that money on the roads, it is likely reducing the amount available to other projects.