Today’s Headlines

  • Transit Austerity to Bring Overtime Cuts, Upkeep Deferrals, Ripped Pants (News, Post, AMNY)
  • Post Columnist Adam Brodsky Challenges Walder to Challenge Labor
  • Wanna Buy a Used Train Horn? MTA Making the Most of Cast-Offs (AMNY)
  • Albany Democrats Officially Adandon City, Move Convention to Westchester (NY1)
  • Bloomberg Promises No NYPD Layoffs (News), Targets Community Board Budgets (R’dale Press)
  • Messenger Enraged by Hit-and-Run Attacks Limo Driver; Guess Where Cops, Post Come Down
  • More Crime Traced to International Auto Show (Post)
  • DDDB Files New Suit Claiming Atlantic Yards Construction Will Take 25 Years (Bklyn Eagle)
  • Tell It to Marcia Kramer: Jan Gehl Says NYC Has Room to "Make Everybody Happy" (Sierra Club)
  • New Urban News: Burbs Will Never Be the Nexus of Vibrancy Envisioned by Brooks and Kotkin
  • …And TreeHugger Has Another Reason Why 

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Bravo for Brad’s next-to-bottom headline linking to the New Urban News takedown of David Brooks’ sloppy encomium to suburbanization. Fellow number-crunchers take note: the NUN piece is a model of numerical deconstruction.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I remember when an MTA Chairman made the announcement that the agency would no longer defer maintenance, in 1980 or so.

    There had been no previous announcement that the MTA would defer maintenance and allow the transit system to collapse, to benefit those decamping to the suburbs or retiring the Florida. Nor do I expect such an announcement now. And I expect data on the level of track, signal, power cable etc. maintenance and replcacement to get rather scarce.

  • TKO

    How about a NY post op-ed that challenges the highly paid managers about their pay? Always easy to take down the little guy. Like Governor Paterson attacking union pay not the pay or taxation of the income of the wealthy.

  • Larry Littlefield

    We already tax the wealthy more than anywhere is in the U.S., but somehow it wasn’t enough. How about taxing retirement income at the same rate as wage income rather than zero? NO ONE will talk about that.

  • I would blame the false statistic on Kotkin, not Brooks.

    Brooks has to write a column every few days. In this case, he seems to have run out of things to say, so he just made the column a summary of Kotkin’s book.

    Kotkin claims to be an expert on urban planning and presumably spent time researching this book. He should have discovered the obvious thumb-on-the-scales error that NUN mentions.

  • Of course Kotkin blew it. But any decent columnist ought to be armed with a junk detector … turned on.

  • Of course Kotkin blew it. But any decent columnist should be armed with a junk detector … left in the “ON” position.

  • It’s have to believe the New York Post would always side with the avenger in cases of vigilante justice — unless, of course, the avenger were a cyclist.

  • I meant “I,” not “It’s.”

  • That statistic towards the end is crap, and I’m sure Kotkin puts a more wackjob spin on this, but IMO Brooks starts out with some pretty interesting ideas about the future that don’t seem anti-urban at all.

    Suburbs will become more urban. Instead of sprawl you’ll have more compact urban towns. I actually agree that that’s the future of our country moreso than Manhattan. Suburbs will look more more like the older urban centers in Westchester, or much of Northeast Jersey which might as well be an outer boro. The only thing I’d change is locate more businesses in these walkable centers. Sure you have shops, but offices are still primarily located in more suburban office parks.

    Either way, it’s light years ahead of the sprawl currently in areas such as the south. This sort of change should be a good thing…