Today’s Headlines

  • Minnesota Pipeline Fire Rattles Markets Across the Globe (Star Tribune)
  • US Must Deal With ‘Lifestyle of Excess,’ Starting With Suburbia (Planetizen
  • By 2100, What’s Left of Miami Could Be World’s Hottest City (Transit Miami)
  • New Super Highway Will Pave Across America (Valley Advocate)
  • ‘Deep Sense of Entitlement’ an Obstacle to Livable Streets (Gotham Gazette)
  • Sheridan Swappers Take Campaign Beyond Bronx (Hunts Point Express)
  • Brooklyn Warms to Parking Permits (Bklyn Paper)
  • MTA a ‘Willing Victim’ of State Budget Shortfalls (News
  • Cuts Planned for Holiday Bus Service, Elevator Operators (NYT)
  • Lobbying Group Wants Private Jets Banned from LaGuardia (News)
  • Bloomberg Aide Defends NASCAR Event [Video] (WNBC)
  • Speaking of “Lifestyle of Excess”, I think Ben Folds Five’s “All U Can Eat” is a fairly apt song for the Pre-Christmas shopping maddness:

    Son look at all the people in this restaurant
    What d’you think they weigh?
    And out the window to the parking lot
    At their SUVs taking all of the space

    They give no fuck
    They talk as loud as they want
    They give no fuck
    Just as long as there’s enough for them

    Gotta get on the microphone down at wallmart
    Talk about some shit that’s been on my mind
    Talk about the state of this great of this nation of ours
    Poeple look to your left, yeah look to your right

    They give no fuck
    They buy as much as they want
    They give no fuck
    Just as long as there’s enough for them

    Son look at the people lining up for plastic
    Wouldn’t you like to see them in the national geographic?
    Squatting bare-assed in the dirt eating rice from a bowl
    With a towel on their head and maybe a bone in their nose
    See that asshole with a peace-sign on his licence plate
    Giving me the finger and running me out of his lane

    God made us number one because he loves us the best
    Well maybe He should go bless someone else for a while, give us a rest
    [They give no…]
    Yeah and everyone can see
    [They give no…]
    We’ve eaten all that we can eat

    Something to consider inserting into your holiday playlists…

  • Jonathan

    The “NAFTA superhighway” is hardly news, but you only touched the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget the evil intentions of the SPP and the secret “amero” currency that’s going to replace our holy greenback. Check the Stop SPP website for a glimpse at the wide sweep of the conspiracy.

  • mf

    The article about residential parking permits points out a major problem. Nobody is talking about how much it should cost.
    The article looks at DC and Boston to posit that the fee might be under $100/year. That’s 25 cents per day, which is effectively free. So all the people without cars are still subsidizing automobile storage.

    The way I calculate it, the land under a parking space in downtown Brookyn is worth somewhere north of $25,000 (based on land prices in residential blocks). A decent rental charge for something worth $25,000 would be $5,000/yr.

    I think a more reasonable number would be $4/day monday through friday which works out to $800/yr. You could have munimeters that charged 50 cents an hour 9-5, and dispense with RPP. Since presumbably residents use the spots at night and on weekends, they are effectively paying 11 cents/hr as compared to non-residents who would be paying 50 cents/hr.

  • Slopion

    “I think a more reasonable number would be $4/day monday through friday which works out to $800/yr….”

    Deal. Let me get my checkbook.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Is the Daily News becoming “The Onion” or what? They are “shocked” to find the budget problems at the MTA. They are complicit in any budget problems any agency has by ignoring Governor Pataki skimming for his political needs. Donahue is historically a pretty good reporter but the editorial direction they have taken with regard to MTA issues is simply irresponsible. Where were they when the debt bomb was being built?

  • P

    mf-

    I agree with the idea of munimeters. As a last resort I might grant free residential parking permits while simultaneously adding high cost munimeters. The residents will find it much easier to park but they will be paying a much higher price. Yet since the price would be based on frequency of use- rather than a flat rate- and spread across the year it should be more palatable.

    I like your idea better though- I’m pretty suspicious of the idea of residential permits.