On TV Tonight…

For those who are not tuning in to the American Idol season finale tonight (Kris is going to win, watch), here are two shows worth looking out for:

  • PBS’s Blueprint America series will be airing "Road to the Future" tonight at 8pm in New York City. Check your local PBS station for times. Part of a PBS series on the country’s aging and changing infrastructure, the documentary examines the choices we can make as the country invests in its infrastructure, and how they can affect the way we live. Focusing in on three cities, New York, Denver and Portland, it features interviews with a whole host of interesting subjects including NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, BikePortland blog maestro Jonathan Maus and Columbia University’s Owen Gutfreund, author of "20th Century Sprawl." It should be a good one. Check their web site for a preview.
  • I’ve also been told that the 11 pm10 pm local news on Fox channel 5 is going to run a report tonight on a Brooklyn resident named Miguel Padro who was arrested the other day for bicycling on the sidewalk on his way to work at the Prospect Park Tennis Center. I haven’t spoken with Padro yet to get the story for myself, but word has it the NYPD held him in jail for 24 hours without a phone call despite the fact that he had no oustanding summonses or any problems with his record. Padro’s wife and employer were really shaken up by the arrest and worried that he’d been kidnapped or killed. It sounds like a completely insane story but given the NYPD’s increasingly random, senseless crackdowns on bicyclists it is entirely believable. I’m looking forward to seeing the Fox News piece and talking to Padro for myself before getting too worked up about this.

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