Today’s Headlines

  • De Blasio Attacks Wal-Mart, Wants to Restrict Big Boxes in NYC (News)
  • City Planning Car-Centric Mess, With or Without Wal-Mart, at Southern Brooklyn Site (Bklyn Paper)
  • Charles Barron Works in Some Bike Lane Bashing at Blizzard Response Hearing (NYT)
  • 79-Year-Old Driver Kills 71-Year-Old Pedestrian in Bronx; Post Headline: “Car Kills Man”
  • Drunk Driver Who Killed Ysemny Ramos Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison (Post)
  • John Petro Surveys the Year Ahead for Transit Riders and the MTA (HuffPo)
  • Cuomo Holds His First Three-Men-in-a-Room Session (News, City Room)
  • NYC-to-Albany Scores Surprisingly High in Ranking of Potential HSR Routes (Transpo Nation)
  • Are London Streets Safe Enough to Meet the City’s Bike-Share Targets? (Economist)
  • Writers in Miami and Chicago Clobber NYC Pundits When It Comes to Livable Streets Commentary

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Prospect Park West bike lane was plowed. It isn’t so easy to get on down at Bartell Prichard Square, but if you do it’s clear to Grand Army Plaza.

  • Moocow

    Thanks Larry.
    I am only a little sorry we didn’t get to do a Streetsblog-bikelane-snow-removal meetup.

  • Looks like there might be another opportunity coming up soon. Hopefully it won’t take two weeks for the lane to get cleared this time.

  • Larry Littlefield

    If New York really wants high(er) speed rail, it should look to make joint proposals with the Canadian govenrment.

    If they could get up to a cruising speed of 150 mph, then Syracuse and Utica might be close enough to Manhattan to get some benefit from the economic link. Not so Rochester and Buffalo — but they might benefit from a closer connection to Toronto.

    And Canada might be interested in having Montreal and Toronto more closely linked to New York City, given that the NY metro area has as many people and a higher GDP than all of Canada.

    At one point, the New York to Buffalo route was a four-track railroad. I don’t know where all that right of way went.

  • tom

    Explain to me again why I would want to go to Utica, and why I would pay more to get there faster.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Explain to me again why I would want to go to Utica, and why I would pay more to get there faster.”

    1) Affordable housing. If you had a job that was partially at home and partially in Manhattan, you could live there if the trip was fast enough.

    2) Beer.

  • But the beer comes to us, Larry!

  • Bolwerk

    The best beer imports right out of the carbonation chamber into your waiting lips. No reason to go to Utica!

    (But then, transportation isn’t all about me. So I’m fine with HSR to Utica. Let’s just hit some other places too.)

  • Bolwerk

    De Blasio’s views on Wal-Mart are interesting, but he doesn’t seem all that bothered by big box-supporting car culture.

  • According to Wikipedia, the beer comes by train – via the Suzy-Q, so it won’t conflict with high-speed rail.

  • Bolwerk

    Sadly, I was never that fond of their beer. Quite a green business, at least. Not in Utica, but Sierra Nevada brags about their rail siding too. I wonder how Brooklyn Brewery gets their beer down from Utica.

    I mainly just homebrew though. Commercial craft beers are mostly over-hopped. :-\