Today’s Headlines

  • DOT Has a Plan to Flip 5th Ave Parking Lane to Protect Cyclists South of 23rd (AMNY)
  • 11 Electeds Tell State DOT to Make West Side Highway Safer (AMNY)
  • After 51 Meetings, Will DOT and MTA Get Woodhaven SBS Running This Year? (NY1)
  • Council Members Want to Put the Public Back in Privately Owned Public Spaces (Curbed)
  • Bike Snob on Ann Pfoser Darby and the Arbitrary Power of Community Board Members
  • City Hall Banking on Taxi Medallion Sales as Though Uber Doesn’t Exist (WNYC)
  • Lower Speed Limit Coming to 19th Ave in Borough Park (Bklyner)
  • A Water Main Break Caused Massive Subway Delays During the Evening Rush (Post, News)
  • This Elmhurst Transit Planning Workshop Doesn’t Sound Too Productive (QChron)
  • Riverdale Press: De Blasio Needs to Get Up to Speed on Hudson Greenway Plans for the Bronx

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    Just remember that community boards were created to “represent the community” at a time when it was clear that the City Council, thanks to Tammany Hall and related organizations and perpetual incumbency machines, did not.

    Today state legislators don’t represent the community. But thanks to term limits, and thus real elections every eight years, City Council members do. In that sense community boards are no longer needed.

  • bolwerk

    I don’t see what lick of difference term limits made, other than a(n admittedly amusing) situation where high-ranking officials fight in a game of musical chairs every few years. It just created a situation where people risk having to vote for an even bigger asshole Democrat.

    And in 2009, the neolibs all used a crisis as an excuse to dispense with term limits anyway. Because they’re so competent at managing crises, dontcha know?

  • ohnonononono

    Wasn’t Tammany Hall long dead by the time Community Boards were created? They only date to the 1970s under Lindsay. It was part of a wave of decentralization of power that included the creation of the community school districts, ULURP, etc…

    I think the fact that they haven’t existed very long should be reason it should be easier to radically alter or remove their role in the process. They were an experiment in hyper-local governance that hasn’t worked very well. Time to end it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I disagree. You’ll always get some you don’t agree with, but the City Council is far more representative of people here today than the perpertual incumbents in the state legislature, in Congress, and on the community boards.

  • bolwerk

    I want people I don’t agree with. And I want people who disagree with each other.

    I’m not kidding: I can’t see any improvement in the quality of legislation, in management, in attention constituents (especially non-drivers) get, or anything else because of term limits.

    Term limits are no replacement for multiparty elections.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Is that enough to get you to join the Republicans? Unfortunately, they aren’t quite the alternative they were a century ago.

  • bolwerk

    Could always troll-run as a Republican who is against police brutality, cronyism, drug wars, the prison-industrial complex, environmental destruction, and various kinds of economic and demographic discrimination. And for transit and universal, single-payer healthcare. If there’s a place to do it, it’s NYC.

    There is some precedent for it working. Trump won by running left of the Democrats. On economics anyway.

  • van_vlissingen

    In terms of City Council, we should do the following:
    1. Increase the size of the council (currently, we have 1 council member for every 175,000 residents – we should move to more like 50,000)
    2. Adopt nonpartisan districting
    3. Adopt Top-2 primaries.

    Community Boards should be completely reenvisioned:
    1. Redraw the borders (I’m sure CB2 Qns has doubled in population since the 70s)
    2. Define exactly what it is that they do (do they have veto powers or not)
    3. If they do have veto powers, then they should be elected.

  • Wilfried84

    The protected bike lane on 5th Ave. south of 23rd St. will be nice, but I don’t it so much there. The existing bike lane with wide buffer is not so bad, even with double parked cars. Where I really need it is between 34th and 23rd, which is like bumper cars. I’m not knocking the bike lane south of 23rd, but why won’t they put one where cycling is much more of a challenge?

  • bolwerk

    I don’t believe there is credibly such a thing as nonpartisan districting. With only two parties, and a huge mismatch in registration, Democrats will always have an upper hand.

    And I don’t agree with the system of making all the votes of people who don’t vote for the majority meaningless. Proportional representation brings more representation than anything short of direct democracy.