Today’s Headlines

  • NYT Council Survey Finds 20 Members Against Pricing
  • Bloomberg Lobbies for Support (News)
  • Transit Is So 20th Century (Sun)
  • Harlem Rezoning Vote Expected Today (NY1)
  • Sidewalk Hogging Car Dealers Ignore Resident Complaints (NYT)
  • Upper Manhattan Claims City’s Noisiest Streets (Post)
  • Brooklyn ‘sNice May Offer Bike and Stroller Parking (OTBKB)
  • 75-Year-Old Hit, in Critical Condition; ‘No Criminality Suspected’ (News)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park May Lose Waterfront Activities (Post)
  • Ask Your ‘Car of the Future’ Question (Wheels)
  • Baptists Concerned About Climate Change (NYT)

(Sorry for the interruption, folks.)

  • Charlie D.

    Re: Cars on sidewalks

    The city could just install bollards along the sidewalk to prevent vehicles from being driven up on them. That’s one sure way to ensure the car dealers behave.

  • Just saying

    Why is Alan Gerson opposed? That’s crazy! I thought he was really good on these transportation issues.

    The three Staten Island CMs is also surprising as under the current scheme, they would pay almost nothing after deducting the other tolls they pay.

  • Mark

    The Sun op-ed by Alan Wolf is impressively clueless. He’s in favor of congestion and against funding mass transit. No, I’m not kidding. Read the piece:

    “…the congestion tax is designed to “solve” a problem that simply doesn’t exist. In business areas such as Manhattan’s central business district, congestion is a good, not a bad, thing. Congestion is one of the things that defines us a city, an indicator of a healthy economy.”

    And mass transit is a thing of the past because more people telecommute. Righty-oh!

  • vnm

    The Alan Wolf thing is beyond impressively clueless. The paper degrades what little credibility it already had by publishing that piece.

    Besides being about four decades late with that argument, it’s even internally self contradicting. So he views congestion is a sign of a healthy economy because it means people are visiting the city. Okay . . . . .

    He fails to recognize that the subway and commuter rail pump more people into the city than automobiles ever could. If he likes people visiting the city, he should be advocating for those modes, instead of trotting out that old epithet, “19th century.”

    Truly bizarre.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (The idea of hoards of people cramming into trains to head to work during a “rush hour” may be a quaint concept to our children and grandchildren decades from now. Many more people may work either at home or nearer to home than they do today)

    They may have no choice but to work from home, or to cram even harder into a smaller number of increasingly unreliable trains. So he may be right, but as a matter of adaptation, not a matter of choice. The same may be true of home schooling, after the school system once again collapses.

    And we’ll be paying those taxes and fees anyway, to pay for debt and retiree benefits, even so.

  • fdr

    Bloomberg was saying the same thing little more than a year ago, that congestion is a good thing because it means there’s a lot of economic activity.

  • Pat

    “congestion is a good, not a bad, thing. Congestion is one of the things that defines us a city, an indicator of a healthy economy.”

    Bloomberg said the same thing a few years ago before seeing the light.

    this worse than Gordon Gekko saying greed is good.

    Congestion is an indicator of economic inefficiency. many more shoppers and workers can be accommodated on streets where car use is restricted in favor of surface mass transit. Since congestion charging, more people, not fewer, are traveling to central London.

    i hope that all of us are sending letters to the Sun and not just talking here to each other.

  • Congestion is a good thing in that it means that you’ve probably built your city in such a way that public transit and bicycling are viable. It’s when you don’t take steps to get people out of their cars that it’s a bad thing.

    So, NY with no congestion because of congestion pricing, good. NY with no congestion because it’s just one big suburb, bad.