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A Round and a Roundy: The Real Story Behind Delayed Busways

12:01 AM EST on November 17, 2020

Cartoon: Bill Roundy

Editorial cartoon of Bill Roundy by editorial cartoonist Bill Roundy.
Cartoon of Bill Roundy by cartoonist Bill Roundy.

Why does it take so long to build a bus lane in New York City? Our editorial cartoonist thinks he's finally figured it out.

Now, all of Bill Roundy's cartoons are instant classics, but this week's — inspired by a successful lawsuit against the city over plans for a simple bus lane on Main Street in Flushing — may be his greatest of all time, incorporating metaphor, pop culture references and, of course, Sleepy de Blasio.

The delays always start with knee-jerk community opposition to anything new. Then the process gets gummed up by communities that say they support better transit ... just not in their neighborhoods. Then, there's the inevitable lawsuits. And, finally, when everything is set to move forward ... a mayor who just can't finish the job.

Chef's kiss this week for Bill Roundy. A classic.

All of Bill Roundy's cartoons are archived here.

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