Today’s Headlines

  • Pressure From Electeds Forces Port Authority to Restart PABT Planning Process (WSJAMNY)
  • Developer Drops Plan to Replace Sunnyside Parking Lot With Housing; Van Bramer Pleased (TL)
  • Related: DNA Has a Six-Month Status Report on Proposed Affordable Housing Projects
  • De Blasio Wants Street Fairs to Be Less Generic (Politico)
  • More on Sky High Access-A-Ride Costs From WSJNY1
  • Did David Greenfield Trick Fellow Electeds Into Knocking Cross-Harbor Freight Tunnel? (Crain’sPolitico)
  • 2nd Ave Sagas: The MTA Is Not Ready for Another Sandy
  • Mayor’s Management Report Reflects No Urgency Concerning Spike in Cyclist Deaths (Gothamist)
  • Dirt Bike, ATV Riders Attack and Injure Police in Brooklyn (News)
  • Brooklyn Hippies Will Be Down With Electric Car Race, Post Reports

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • van_vlissingen

    DeBlasio’s issues with getting these affordable projects approved just goes to show what advocates tried to convince him of some time ago: using reduced parking as a carrot for developers in the “transit zone” was a political mistake. Parking minimums should have been replaced across the city with parking maximums and if that wasn’t politically feasible, then at least within the transit zone.
    The carrot of no parking has become the stick with which NIMBYs are attacking these projects. I have no idea whether these projects are good ideas in and of themselves, but I do know that encouraging new residents to park and drive in some of the most dense neighborhoods in this city is a bad idea whether they are rich, poor, or middle class.
    Other incentives should have been used to ensure more of the units were themselves affordable.

  • HamTech87

    While I agree that street fairs, especially in Manhattan, are virtually identical, I don’t want to see them reduced — unless they are replaced by more Summer Streets events. And the remaining street fairs should not close bike lanes.

  • Flakker

    Completely disagree. We have ourselves to blame for not fighting hard enough, showing up at CBs and denouncing parking minimums, SF YIMBY style. The field has been ceded to the same sort of NIMBY that was going to oppose all this anyway. Compared to SF our political effort has been feeble and disjointed, and it’s left a mayor whose personal habits exemplify the opposition mindset to carry this whole program forward.
    The problem is not parking, the problem is that in every case, win or lose, the neighborhood in question has been represented as “the community”, a homogenous mass of gentrification victims. YIMBY people are not visible enough.