Today’s Headlines

  • Park(ing) Day Challenges Use of Public Space (Gotham Gazette, Wonkster)
  • City Seeks to Ban Frontyard Parking (Daily Eagle)
  • Liu Encourages Queens Drivers to Protest Pricing (Queens Gazette)
  • Spitzer Report Recommends MTA Emergency Management Measures (Daily News)
  • Subway Stations, Not Tunnels, to Have Cell Service (NYT, Post, Daily News, Sun)
  • No. 7 Line Extension Draws Just One Bidder (Sun)
  • New Pedicab Rules on Hold (AMNY)
  • Cabbies Sue City Over New Taxi Tech (Post, AMNY)
  • Cab Driver Has Fatal Heart Attack Behind the Wheel (Post, Daily News)
  • ‘Breath Lock’ Law Applied to DWI Offenders Statewide (Queens Courier)
  • Brits Prefer Death to Exercise (BBC)
  • Should London Be Car-Free? (AutoblogGreen)
  • Larry Littlefield

    They can ban all they want.

    But front yard parking was banned in Windsor Terrace years ago. And just look at the building on 17th Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue. The law was just flouted, with no consequences.

    So who cares what the rules are?

  • steve

    Liu Encourages Anti-CP Protest: The headline does not tell the whole story. I think Liu’s comments taken as a whole indicate that he is open to the idea of congestion pricing in tandem with increased mass transit options for his constituents, but he needs to be responsive to his anti-CP constituents so he is telling them that they have to mobilize if they want to prevail. Compare this approach to the pandering of Millman, Fidler and others.

  • ddartley

    Beware, CP supporters, don’t villify Liu. (I’m not saying anyone has.)

    CP supporters would do well to reach out to him.

    Again, I’m worrying that CP supporters might start to suffer Groupthink, and shout down important objections and remarks that actually do need to be heard–esp. by CP planners.

    An example about Liu: at last year’s City Council screening of “Contested Streets,” he acknowledged the need for a shift to mass transit, but he pointed out how hard it is for residents of soooo many in Queens: he pointed out that the transit system had not been significantly expanded “for 60 years.” BUT, THERE HE WAS at a screening of “Contested Streets.”

  • JF

    I agree in general, D, that Liu is an open-minded person and a powerful potential ally.

    Here’s the problem with all these areas where transit to Manhattan is difficult: For all those areas there have been plans on the books to build subways for years. There were trolleys running all over.

    What happened to those plans and the trolleys? These very people, and their parents, opposed them. They didn’t want subways bringing undesirables into their neighborhoods, so they blocked them. They didn’t want ugly trolleys blocking their streets, so they ripped up the tracks. They wanted to get away from “the city” and have a garage and a lawn, so they moved to Flatlands or Douglaston or Nyack and fought to keep these areas suburban.

    The bottom line is that they all, on some level, chose to live in an area where transit was crappy, and to fight to keep it that way. That choice saps the city’s treasury, pollutes the air and puts us all in danger.

    If we continue to use city money to maintain their lifestyles, the air will get dirtier and transit will stagnate. We can’t afford to continue to subsidize these people. Someone’s got to tell them, and apparently it isn’t John Liu.