Today’s Headlines

  • More Park(ing) Day Coverage (NYT, WSJ, City Room, BikeBlog, Sus. Flatbush)
  • NYT Likes the Idea of Cars ‘Protecting’ Cyclists From Cars (NYT)
  • Park Ave Ped Signals Could Come Next Year (NYT)
  • Cobble Hill Motorists Want Those Five Spaces (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Existing Concrete Yards Exempted From Proposed Regs (NYT)
  • Verrazano Congestion Backs Into Neighborhoods, Blocks Driveways (NYT)
  • Drivers Ignore Stop Sign at BQE Entrance (Gowanus Lounge)
  • East River Development Would Replace Street Segments (NYT)
  • Residents Want Downtown Street Opened to Cars (NYT)
  • Gale Brewer Backs Bus Cameras (AMNY)
  • fpant78

    sad to see that existing paved front yards are exempt…it will take decades, if ever, to reclaim that space

  • Larry Littlefield

    (sad to see that existing paved front yards are exempt…it will take decades, if ever, to reclaim that space)

    Actually in New York, where enforcement of land use rules is non-existent, that makes the rule unenforcible. If someone can get a yard paved, who is to say if it is before or after?

    It’s just another rule that will be ignored until there is a decision to target someone for some reason.

  • Cap’n Transit

    Here’s an idea I had for getting rid of paved yards, curb cuts, driveways, garages, etc.:

  • greg

    laws like this are hopeless when so many people simply dont see it as a problem. they’ll cry class warfare, or security, find every trick in the book to get around it, and our neighborhoods will continue to deteriorate

  • Smith

    NYT Metro section coverage of Park(ing) Day was absolutely pathetic and emblematic of why I don’t even bother reading it anymore.

    Jim Dwyer couldn’t find a single man-on-the-street to mention that it’s nice to see a little bit more sitting space in the old neighborhood? Did it really look to him like everyone organizing the event was a “granola-eater?”

    By all means, Jim and NYT editors, do your humor thing and talk about how valuable on-street parking spaces are to the minority of north Brooklyn residents who own cars. But at the very least give us just one or two measly sentences that explain the serious and interesting ideas behind Park(ing) Day. Otherwise I’ve got to get my local news from blogs and the Wall Street Journal.

  • momos

    Smith – So true. The Times never does more than a nod in describing the serious ideas behind progressive urban planning and activism, before returning to the auto-centric status quo to consider an issue.