Thursday’s Headlines: All Fed Up and No Place to Go Edition

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Every day, it seems, someone else is completely fed up with the increasing bloodshed on New York City streets and publishes a screed in his or her publication or website, even if the media outlet isn’t even devoted to the battle for livable streets like we are (good morning, all!).

A few weeks ago, it was Aaron Gordon in Jalopnik. Then it was Ginia Bellafante in the Times. Then it was Peter Maass in the Intercept.

On Wednesday, it was Liena Zagare of Bklyner, who penned an editorial on the website that homed in on so many of the frustrations that New Yorkers have with Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero, including, but not limited to, the NYPD’s horrendous reporting and record-keeping, the administration’s countless failures to make basic road improvements, and driver entitlement. It’s a must-read — on your laptop and on Mayor de Blasio’s.

Beyond that, here’s the rest of the news from a soggy Wednesday:

  • The Times broke it, but Gothamist fixed it: After the Paper of Record basically described the sale of amNY as “scrappy community media players buy an important city daily,” Gothamist reported the sale for what it is: low-talent, pay-to-play media shysters buying a once-quality daily and gutting it. Meanwhile, the amNY website is still down, depriving us of our daily dose of Vin Barone.
  • A hit-and-run driver fatally struck a 65-year-old woman on Ocean Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. (NYDN, Streetsblog, NY Post)
  • Politico’s Dana Rubinstein did a deep dive on Corey Johnson’s “Streets Master Plan” bill (subscribers only, darn).
  • Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to force municipalities to reduce parking and encourage going carless by withholding federal transportation money from anyplace that requires on-site parking at housing developments. (Sightline)
  • Connecticut wants to put some money into improving Metro-North. (WSJ, Hartford Courant)
  • Wired looked at how difficult it is proving to quit cars once and for all.
  • The MTA is testing subway infrastructure to help the visually impaired. (NYDN)

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John Petro is a policy analyst for New York City affairs and the co-author of “Vision Zero: How Safer Streets in New York City Can Save More Than 100 Lives a Year.” Mayor Bill de Blasio released his administration’s Vision Zero Action Plan earlier this week, following up on a high-profile campaign promise just six […]