"Our roads are deadly because officials will still call the inevitable consequences of this ill-design a tragedy rather than a choice," Manjoo wrote, citing Jessie Singer's seminal recent book, "The Are No Accidents." "The only way for America to reverse its traffic death spiral is to make a radically different choice."
Now, if Manjoo can only get the ear of his colleagues at the car-loving broadsheet, especially new Executive Editor Joe Kahn, we'd have something.
In other news:
Like Streetsblog, the Daily News and The Post covered yesterday's crash that killed a man on a moped and injured his passenger, but unlike Streetsblog, neither paper pointed out that the moped rider crashed into a double-parked truck — and that the truck driver who caused the death does not appear to have received even a ticket. (Nor did the Daily News even run the plates on the truck — which has more than 345 parking summonses, two red-light tickets and one camera-issued speeding ticket, evidence that this truck is regularly driven by a safety menace. The Post called the moped an "e-bike," which it was not. Reminder, people! We did a Field Guide on this last year. The Brooklyn Paper got the story right.)
Gothamist looked at new New York City Transit President Richard Davey.
Wondering why one of the entrances to the Union Square subway station is such a shithole? Wonder no more, thanks to Jose Martinez at The City.
Mayor Adams hopes to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. (NY Post)
Finally, the DOT put out its full list of programming for Saturday's Earth Day celebration. Previously, our old man editor shared his concern about the minuscule "car-free" part of the festivities. But today, looking at the list, we just feel sad. New Yorkers don't need programming to make their streets great — they just need permanence. New Yorkers know what to do with great spaces: look at Union Square, pedestrianized parts of Broadway, Dyckman Street, 34th Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Willoughby Avenue — any place where the city has removed cars has blossomed as great public space. That's the ticket. Save the jugglers for the circus. We know how to enjoy our city.