Wednesday’s Headlines: There is No Late Bird

Bring an umbrella.

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In any event, here’s today’s news:

  • The Times came out in favor of congestion pricing (again), this time through the lens of Thursday’s primary elections. Reminder: Find out who supports congestion pricing with our handy Election 2018 questionnaires.
  • amNY asked, “Is Northern Boulevard the new “Boulevard of Death”? Sorry, but I think I asked and answered that on Monday… (Answer: Yes.)
  • Queens Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer sat down with Rebecca Baird-Remba of the Commercial Observer to talk about the BQX (it doesn’t seem “real, feasible, tangible,” he said) and rehash the Sunnyside bike lane debacle (“It became very personal and divisive in a way I could never have anticipated”).
  • The MTA’s longest serving motorman is sidelined. (NYDN)
  • Here’s some horrifying video of what drivers can do to pedestrians. (NYP)
  • Andrew Cuomo’s own “Bridgegate” scandal is looking worse and worse. (NYP, NYT)
  • The Post finally covers the insurgent surge for State Senate seats (and the Wall Street Journal did, too). The Times also looked at one key Bronx race. Our comprehensive election coverage is all archived here.
  • And the lead photo in this Times piece about housing should horrify any urbanite. Yes, this is how land is developed outside cities. (NYT)

Don’t forget: Polls are open on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Economist notes that people seem to prefer sitting in traffic to doing anything about it — if it would mean doing anything to inhibit THEIR car. No wonder they rage about non-cars.
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    https://www.economist.com/international/2018/09/08/people-say-they-hate-traffic-jams-but-are-oddly-tolerant-of-them

  • stairbob

    I know this isn’t really a helpful comment, but every time I see “NYP” in the headlines I get excited because I think it’s going to be the New York Press, somehow resurrected.

  • bolwerk

    Maybe? Take any conclusion The Economist draws (especially about Economics) with a big grain of salt.

    More likely it resembles NIMBYism. Unconvinceable people are the loudest.

  • Joe R.

    I abhor unnecessary delays of any kind, whether it’s sitting in traffic, standing in a stuck subway train, or waiting at a red light at an empty intersection. From the time I was young, I saw it as completely wasted time. Sitting in motor traffic bothered me the most on account of getting physically ill from the fumes. It boggles my mind that people just accept traffic jams as part of life. From my point of view this is Stockholm Syndrome. On any trip your average speed should be a fairly high percentage of the speed limit. Or in the case of vehicles which often can’t reach the speed limit, like bikes, it should be a high percentage of your cruising speed. Anything less should be considered unacceptable. In the end what we’re really talking about is years of your life down the drain if travel is inefficient.

    Things in NYC have gotten so bad I avoid traveling at times or places where there are likely to be delays. I almost never ride my bike before 9 or 10 PM, for example, on account of all the motorist stupidity which delays my forward progress. It seems driving skills are so poor these days that two cars often constitutes a traffic jam.