Today’s Headlines

  • America’s First Public-Private Bikeshare System Ready to Roll in D.C. (NYT)
  • Surge in Popularity for Employer-Subsidized Transit (Biz Week)
  • Traffic, Ped Safety Top New Yorkers’ Quality of Life Concerns (AMNY)
  • Teenager Killed Crossing Brooklyn Street (Newsday)
  • Price of Gas Hasn’t Hit Ceiling Yet (Sun)
  • Upstate Pols Campaign Against Gas Tax (Politics on the Hudson)
  • Rising Fuel Prices May Curtail Field Trips for City Schools (Post)
  • More Cabbies Driving Hybrids (NYT)
  • New York Thruway Tolls Set to Rise (NY1)
  • Curb Cuts Pit Neighbor Against Neighbor in Dyker Heights (NYT)
  • Cap’n Transit Critiques COMMUTE’s BRT Plan
  • Hilary

    Households with curb cuts could be deemed ineligible for residential parking permits, should that come to pass. I have opposed all these cuts because of the environmental impact of paving the yards — but maybe in the end they will force the residents and the city to graduate from car dependency.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The curb cut issue shows what “the community” actually cares about when it addresses its public officials.

    There is also a provision, I believe, where you don’t get a ticket for parking in front of your own house and blocking your own curb cut. So a curb cut saves the space for you, and you can fill the garage with junk. While you are gone what could have been an on-street space is empty.

    In order to stop this, certain zoning districts have a rule that requires 34 feet between curb cuts and bans front yard parking, including the R5B district in Windsor Terrace. To see how effective this is look at the recent building on 17th Street bewtween 10th and 11th Avenues.

    The zoning (passed in 1989, not an obsolete and long-forgotten provision) intended a single curb cut to access a basement or rear yard parking facility, something that would have been easy to do given the slope of the street. And that’s what the self-certified plans showed.

    Take a look at what you get after some political influence and after-the-fact legalization. BTW, the zoning also required the new building to line up with those on either side. It makes a nice picture of a “livable street.”

    The rules, all the rules, are a joke — and are either never enforced except against certain people, or are enforced except against certain people, depending on the rule.

  • Mark Walker

    “Mommy, why is the sidewalk messed up in front of this house?”

    “That’s a driveway, darling.”

    “What’s a driveway, mommy?”

    “Back in the early 21st century, when lots of people had cars, they would park their cars in driveways.”

    “But no one we know has a car, except for a few rich people in Manhattan.”

    “Well, back in those days, people had more cars.”

    “I don’t like this driveway. It looks stupid. The people who did this were stupid!”

    “Not stupid, sweetie, just delusional. They thought the age of cheap gasoline would last forever. But the peak oil crisis put an end to that. Now let’s get a move on or we’ll miss the BRT.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    Actually MW, with gas prices soaring you need the curb cut even more.

    You need the car to prove you are in the “middle class,” but you can’t afford to use it. And moving it back and forth across the street for alternate side is a waste of money, and doesn’t seem worth it if you can only afford to drive once a month.

  • Any block or community serious about the issue of the lack of residential parking on their streets really needs to invite Zipcar to have a few spaces or start their own a neighborhood car sharing program.

    A community that knows each other better and trusts one another give each other rides and loan their cars to each other.

    Or they should consider munimeters for all day parking.

  • Bill Gouldman: “It is outrageous that both the State and Federal governments are getting tax windfalls as people suffer”

    Lie. Because all US gas taxes are on the idiotic cents per gallon scale instead of a percentage of sale price, the American public is specifically not participating in this “windfall” caused by surging global demand and expiring global supply. In fact our gas tax revenues are declining (slightly) along with consumption.

  • lol our very own Niccolo Machiavelli already pointed that out to those that dwell at “lohudblogs.com”

  • Hilary

    Streetbloggers may be interested in tuning into CSpan (147) to listen to Brookings institution discussion of inner city transportation..

  • jmc

    Does anyone know why the Escape hybrid is more popular than the camry hybrid? It seems like the camry is a better cab.

    I just got back from Buenos Aires where taxis were much smaller (often Chevy Astras, sometimes Corsa station wagons) and without the plastic partition we were able to fit 4 large guys in them. I took an escape with four people one night and almost was squeezed to death. Aren’t the partitions kind of things of the past?