On Tuesday, May 9, our friends at Open Plans will throw open their spacious rooftop space in Soho to celebrate the launch of Henry Grabar's book, "Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World" (Penguin). Grabar, who writes for Slate and is very generous with his links to Streetsblog, will be on hand for a Q&A session with Vice's Aaron Gordon, plus will take your questions, sign books and raise a few glasses will all who attend.
Tickets are going fast — of course they are, it's a free event! — so click here to get some.
In other news from a super busy Wednesday:
The big story of the day was the Times's coverage of the disproportionate rates of road violence suffered by Blacks and Hispanics in this country. Of course, Streetsblog's Kea Wilson covered the Harvard study on which the Times story was based last year ... when it came out. Streetsblog: Always ahead of the Times.
Hell Gate argues that Citi Bike should be free, financed by the bank that gets way more bang for the buck than anyone could have imagined. The story dropped at a perfect moment, given that Lyft is in serious trouble right now.
From the assignment desk: The City Council's Transportation Committee is expected to pass several good street safety bills today, including one by Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers that would require the DOT to daylight a minimum of 100 intersections per year beginning on Jan. 1, 2025. She'll rally with supporters including Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets at around 9:30 a.m. in City Hall Park.