Today’s Headlines

  • Council Members Backpedal on Affordable Housing, Because Parking (Politico)
  • Related: Vote on Project That Would Replace Inwood Garage Set for Tuesday (WNYC)
  • Anticipation Grows for Shared Streets: Express, Patch, TONY
  • NJ Officials Want New Port Authority Bus Terminal Sited Near Current One (AP)
  • Suffolk County Plans to Balance Budget on the Backs on Bus Riders (MTR)
  • DiNapoli: About Half of Fines From MTA-Issued Summonses Go Uncollected (Crain’s, Post)
  • Joe Addabbo and Mike Miller Still Fighting Better Woodhaven Boulevard Bus Service (TL)
  • Paul White Talks With the Brooklyn Paper About NYPD Traffic Enforcement
  • Post Columnist Tut-Tuts “Prickly” Mark-Viverito for Expecting Results From DOT Twitter
  • The Advance Wants Autonomy for Staten Island Street Design — What Could Go Wrong?

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Vooch

    please god – let Staten Island be set free.

  • Flakker

    “And several members said the mayor, a former councilman himself,
    seems to believe that the nobility of his goal of creating and
    preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing over a decade should
    trump local outcries about any particular project.

    “No matter how big or small, no matter how much opposition, because
    they believe in this affordable housing mission so much, they are
    willing to push things through that they clearly know are going to
    create political problems or community issues,” said one member whose
    district is up for a rezoning.”

    Yes. Yes you goddamn idiot. How did you think this was going to work? I used to think that the habit of “waste space crazily then complain about traffic” was a uniquely Staten Island issue because I was in the Staten Island bubble where everything’s a uniquely Staten Island issue, but I see now that every other borough has the same brain trust running things. A few dozen cranks who get petitions signed by a totally apathetic populace that hasn’t voted in forever are not going to turn the election against a well-known incumbent. I doubt it’s ever happened.

    Does anyone here talk to city council members? Rodriguez seems fairly smart, and it sounds like he’s trying to let the opposition feel it’s gotten heard. The other ones… former Brooklyn councilman Recchia ran for Congress in the SI/Brooklyn district and he literally seemed retarded. It was pretty eye-opening, because he served three terms. Who are these people?

  • ohnonononono

    The Council should just come out and admit that they prefer affordable parking for cars over affordable housing for people.

  • bolwerk

    It’s a national problem. The only people allowed to speak are drivers.

    People who benefit from transit improvements, even hyper-local ones, can’t make it to community board meetings to complain. They’re probably stuck on the bus, and mocked for it. The same goes for zoning issues.

  • Joe R.

    I’ve said it already but it bears repeating—the vast majority of those in elected positions are there precisely because they are unemployable doing anything else. That’s why some of these people literally seem retarded to you. They probably are because they’re only good at one thing, namely flapping their lips and telling people what they want to hear. Unfortunately, that and having a (D) next to your name are often enough to get elected in NYC.

    I’d love to reform the election process so those running have to have some core competency area outside of politics. It would be nice to get a real cross section of people from all fields into politics, like engineers, doctors, business people, scientists, and so forth. I’m tired of the lawyers and political science majors trying to lead us. They’re mostly clueless about anything other than knowing how to get reelected.

  • AnoNYC

    The housing issue is insane. The city needs to push forward with increased density. We cannot be frozen in time.

    Livable streets advocates should support increased density because it typically coincides with increased walkability, bikeability, and mass transportation usage.

  • Jonathan R

    But note the chicken-and-egg problem. Many neighborhoods don’t see “increased…mass transportation usage” as something that would improve the quality of life for current residents.

    I believe that the way forward on this is for the city to aggressively improve bus service with dedicated lanes and signal priority to provide a realistic alternative for intraborough transit and decongest the subways.

  • kevd

    Wow, so the MTA loses roughly $5million/year in uncollected fines.
    Compared the the 100’s of millions of air rights given away in sweatheart deals, the unaffordable pension promises, the waste and fraud that must be rampant in capital construction – that is peanuts. several orders of magnitude lower.
    But yeah, poor and brown people not paying their fines is why the MTA doesn’t have enough money. Sure.

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