Today’s Headlines

  • Bronx Communities United for Sheridan Teardown, NYSDOT Traffic Fears Remain Obstacle (News)
  • New York State Goes From Unofficially Broke to Officially Broke (Post)
  • For Quick Savings, NYC Looks to Its 26,000-Vehicle Fleet (City Room
  • Police Continue to Hunt for Garbage Truck Driver Who Killed Cyclist TJ Campbell (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Bike Lane Bashing Goes Highbrow in Times Review of "Cars, Culture and the City"  
  • Ex-EMT Shot and Killed Over SoHo Parking Space (News)
  • NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu Open to Urban Highway Teardown (Times-Picayune
  • Reckless Cabbie Gives Cycling LA Mayor Motivation to Make Streets Safer (StreetsblogLA, LA Times
  • DC Launches Pay-By-Phone, Pay-By-Plate Parking Experiments (ABC 7
  • Manhattan CB 1 Endorses Hudson Street Ped Plaza, At Least For Now (Tribeca Trib
  • WSJ Flashback, 1988: Select Wall Streeters Deign to Try Subway

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Wow, the Rothstein piece in the Times is something else. All hail our four-wheeled overlords! Apparently the several hundred years that New York City spent existing before the advent of the internal combustion engine are just a footnote.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The article also fails to mention that New York already had streets paid for by non-drivers for drivers to occupy, and built paved more roads in advance of growing motor vehicle ownership to accomodate it.

    If the same approach to driving had been take than the article implies for bicycle transportation, those roads would never have been built: no one drives but a bunch of hipsters, so it’s a waste.

    And thus, the article overlooks the rationale for the bicycle infrastructure — it is creating more bicycle riders.

  • You guys beat me to it. The “pedantic” Times Square pedestrian mall? Rothstein ought to reread his piece if he wants a little pedantry.

  • http://climateprogress.org/2010/07/20/video-ad-general-in-iraq-under-petraeus-on-urgent-need-to-pass-climate-and-clean-energy-jobs-bill/

    Saw this ad last night here in NYC

    “Video ad: General in Iraq under Petraeus on urgent need to pass climate and clean energy jobs bill warns of dangers, high costs of inaction”

  • re: ‘Bike Lane Bashing Goes Highbrow in Times Review of “Cars, Culture and the City” ‘

    ” . . . how central the car has been to New York’s evolution.”

    Yeah, just like the polluted Hudson and Newtown Creek and lousy air.

    ” . . . if the recently created (and, frankly, artificial and bizarre) pedestrian mall in Times Square were to inspire . . .”

    Yeah, a lot more parks, greenery, and “soft places’ for people; perhaps a lot more like Venice, Italy.

  • Rothstein calls the Times Square plaza a “major contusion” on the streetscape. Fact is, major contusions are now being prevented. From DOT:

    * Injuries to motorists and passengers in the project area are down 63%.
    * Pedestrian injuries are down 35%.
    * 80% fewer pedestrians are walking in the roadway in Times Square.

  • Larry

    Paul, your post would make a nice LTE in response to the “review”

  • #5 gecko (continued),

    ” . . . the car’s promises stymied by the hortatory constrictions of an aggressive streetscape.”

    “aggressive streetscape” ?! What garbage! Transportation systems based on cars have been able to maintain worldwide local monopolies by being extremely dangerous to all vehicles not suitably armored thereby suppressing the broad deployment of safer, much more practical, comfortable, low cost and environmentally effective mobility solutions with less than one percent the environmental footprint.

    Transportation systems based on cars are both directly violent and passive structurally violent systems currently a major threat to civilization as we know it through rampant over-consumption and CO2 emissions.

    This NY Times piece seems more like an attempt at Big Oil damage control.

    “. . . Detroit . . . has been shaped by the automobile.”

    Yeah. And, look what has happened to Detroit indicating some pretty sound advice for how this city should address the accelerating environmental crisis — and, economic fragility — not at all dependent on the profoundly corrupt heavy destructive industry and machinery of the past.

  • #8 gecko (continued)

    Of course, the many bicycle-racing velodromes and speed skating rinks that existed in this very vibrant city are of no nostalgic concern in this love letter to cars.

  • http://climateprogress.org/2010/07/20/exxonmobil-funds-global-warming-deniers/

    “ExxonMobil gave $1.5 to climate disinformation groups last year, breaking its pledge to stop funding denial machine”

    ” . . . the Exxon funding spigot remained as open as the BP gusher, continuing to pollute the media landscape with oil-soaked misinformation designed to cripple action on climate change.”

  • J:Lai

    I predict that NYS (maybe NYC also) will begin outsourcing “non essential” public service jobs to private contractors. That way they can cut wages and benefits while sidestepping the unions.

  • Clarence Eckerson

    Mr. Rothstein, thanks for mentioning Streetfilms in your review and giving us some publicity. But I’d just as rather not have it with your uneducated, ignorant statements. Paul White hit it on the button above. Enough said.

  • ED

    Also, calling the west side bike path recreational is b.s. I didn’t know my commute to work was just recreation…

  • That times piece is frankly, artificial and bizarre

  • Danny G

    Well said, jass

  • BicyclesOnly

    Not only is Rothstein wrong about almost everything, but his prose is some of the most mannered purple garbage I’ve ever read. Surprising the the Times published it.