Today’s Headlines

  • One Year Later, Checking Up on PlaNYC (Gotham Gaz)
  • Council Members Reject Willets Point Plan (AMNY, News)
  • New Street Trees Welcome on Queens Boulevard … (News
  • … But They’re Not Popular Everywhere (News, NYT)
  • Bollards to Ring Penn Station (News)
  • Chelsea Transpo Forum Next Wednesday (MTR
  • Times Up! Displaced by RIsing Rents (Voice)
  • Housing Slump Linked to Long Commutes (NPR
  • DC Looks to Shoulder Bus Lanes for Congestion Relief (WaPo via Planetizen)
  • UK Localities May Charge Parents Who Drive Kids to School (BBC)
  • JF

    “Now we have children urinating all over these trees, breaking the branches and throwing garbage everywhere,” said Caleca.

    Wow, man, that sucks! … wait, what?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “With prospects for increased transportation funding fading, regional leaders are looking for alternative — read: cheap — solutions for easing congestion.”

    Looks like they are starting to admit what the future holds down there. Here, they are still making 40 year plans even as we have yet to pay for the past 20.

  • ddartley

    Checking on PlaNYC?

    I used to gripe that idling, the most OBVIOUS and most obviously changeable air quality issue was not sufficiently addressed in PlaNYC.

    Well, I was wrong, sort of. It’s addressed in the PLAN, but in reality? Here’s what the plan has to say:

    “We will implement this $6 million program between 2008 and 2010 to equip
    cars with the chosen anti-idling solution, bolstered by a $4.8 million CMAQ grant. We will
    also launch a citywide anti-idling campaign to
    reduce idling of all vehicles even more.

    Okay, I guess they might still technically be on schedule with dealing with idling by vehicles not covered by city agencies, but it’s a shame that that gets last priority, when it’s such a huge factor in poisoning our air. Really, if the goal was to cut emissions, they should have dealt with that first, and it probably wouldn’t have been that hard.

  • ddartley


    “To achieve the widest compliance, the City
    will partner with community organizations
    and businesses to launch a series of public
    service announcements, signage, and other
    marketing strategies in 2008 to educate the
    public on the anti-idling laws and the environmental and economic benefits of reduced
    idling. In addition, the city and its partners will employ a more targeted outreach to drivers,
    business owners, fleet operators, and unions.
    A similar program launched by Toronto cost
    $100,000 to $300,000 and, in some specific
    locations, resulted in more than a 60% reduction in idling.”

    As Sam Breakstone said, “I’m WAAAIIITing”

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Just turn your motor off while you’re waiting, please, Dave. 😉

  • Josh

    Uh, yeah, clearly the solution for kids urinating on trees and breaking branches is fewer trees. Getting the kids on your block to stop being assholes would be a way worse idea.

  • Spud Spudly

    I like this quote from the Borough Park anti-tree crowd:

    “I have nothing against trees, but we already have several on our block.”


  • ddartley

    I will, Angus, and I won’t be holding my breath. (what the emoticon for a groan?)

  • Mark Walker

    From the Daily News story on the Penn Station bollards: “The barriers – designed to protect against car and truck bombs – include a series of 4-foot-tall poles cemented into the ground around the perimeter of Penn Station.”

    In addition to protecting the station from car and truck bombs, the bollards will protect pedestrians from cars and trucks! Every heavily ped-trafficked area in the city should have them.