Today’s Headlines

  • Congressional Candidates Struggle to Define Positions on Energy (NYT)
  • NYT Endorses Paul Newell, Dan Squadron and Adriano Espaillat for State Assembly
  • Oil Prices Won’t Dip for Long (Gristmill)
  • Rep. Jackie Speier Proposes Lowering National Speed Limits (SF Chron via Planetizen)
  • D.C.-Area Planners Don’t Want Bike Path Next to Highway Through the Woods (WaPo)
  • Prodigious Bike Thief "Easily the Most Hated Man in Toronto" (NYT)
  • Portland Looks to Expand Streetcar Network Despite Lack of Support from Feds (Portland DJC)
  • Seattle’s Car-Free Sundays Start This Weekend (Seattle PI)
  • Vancouver Transit Agency Responds to Demand With Huge Service Increase (Vancouver Sun)
  • Re the Times endorsement of Paul Newell, looks like the Grey Lady really meant it back in April when she said Sheldon Silver was “unworthy of his office.” This is a real race now. Livable-streets constituents in Silver’s district really need to get out and vote on Sept. 9.

  • The problems, county planners say, started in 2004, when Maryland highway officials conducting a fast-tracked environmental study of the connector dropped plans for an off-road bike path. At the time, highway officials were facing a federal review of the connector proposal, which had been stymied for decades because of environmental concerns.

    The article omits the fact that the current governor won an election by promising to build the “Intercounty Connector” and hold off on building the Purple Line light rail. The previous governor had favored the Purple Line and held off on the highway. Gotta love the voters of Maryland!

  • “NYT Endorses Paul Newell” Oh what GREAT news– I was worried they would not take him seriously. I want this to be a real race!

  • I encourage everyone to volunteer for the Newell Campaign. That NY Times endorsement is even bigger considering that not only is Silver the Speaker, but that Newell had to prove to them that he was better than that other guy running (can’t remember his name 🙂

    It’s our best shot at putting the fear of an angry electorate into them for the next couple of year. I hope this will enbolden more competitive primaries in the Democratic party, which will only serve to make our elected officials more responsive, more innovative and break the power of the insider political clubs that serve narrow interests

  • Vincent

    The NYT Newell endorsement is a big deal, but I wish they’d done it with more enthusiasm and made it explicitly clear that they not only prefer Newell over the other challenger, Luke Henry, but they prefer Newell over Silver. After running such a scathing editorial on Silver before, the Times editorial board should have reminded readers again that Silver is unfit for office in their endorsement of Newell.

    Paul, I wish I lived in your district. I’d be recruiting everyone I know to vote for you. Rock on!!!

  • Re. the Congresswoman who wants to lower the national speed limit:

    Does she really think people are going to drive slower? I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • Josh you have a point. It would be a big deal if we enforced existing speed limits on residential streets (I care less about limited access highways and stuff.) –but if we could stop people from speeding on streets with peds it’d be huge– we don’t even need a lower limit– just enforcement.

  • Clover

    While I realize that Paul Newell is getting the attention here, Dan Squadron is very much in touch with the livable streets movement and pro-congestion pricing. And, Dan has a good chance of defeating Martin Connor. Keeping pressure on Silver is critical, but getting Dan Squadron in office would be fantastic too!

  • rlb

    “The article omits the fact that the current governor won an election by promising to build the “Intercounty Connector” and hold off on building the Purple Line light rail. The previous governor had favored the Purple Line and held off on the highway. Gotta love the voters of Maryland!”

    The current governor since 2007 is Martin O’Malley (D), former mayor of Baltimore. The previous governor was Ehrlich (R). Before O’Malley became governor, he and Ehrlich were at odds concerning whether funding should be for the ICC or for mass transit – with the former Mayor being entirely for transit in particular in Baltimore. The reason the project exists today is Ehrlich, it having broke ground in 2006.
    I am from Maryland, but never lived there past voting age. I was unaware of his turnaround on the ICC but nevertheless, O’Malley is a decent politician who was great for Baltimore.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    I guess we’ll see what a “good chance” is Clover. Squadron’s people told us when they rang our doorbell that he favored empowering the Community Boards. He lost my support right there. If you want all this good land use stuff then breaking down the decision making to the smallest local level, much like these decisions are made in the suburbs, is pretty much a guarantee that bad things will happen. That and his pandering to the down-zoning jihad does not square with my concept of “livable streets” and/or support of mass public transit.

  • My mistake, Rlb; I haven’t been following the Maryland issues in a while, and I wasn’t aware that Erlich was out. It was the governor before him, Parris Glendenning, who was pro-Purple Line. Glad to know that Maryland has put a pro-transit person in Annapolis again.

    Nico, I agree about empowering the community boards. They’d have to be much more democratic before we give them any new power. Paris and London have elections at the district level, why can’t we?