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by Ben Fried
The Metro op-ed in favor of congestion pricing by Mark-Viverito has already swayed one Queens blogger. If she’s the one to introduce the bill to the city council, that would send an important message.
Funny that they are doing it now. NY Magazine has an article on the early 1990s recession.
What the article doesn’t talk about, probably because most of the readers don’t rely on public services, is the effect the recession had on them.
The practice of borrowing massively for ongoing normal replacement dates to those days, after 15 years of responsible budgeting in the wake of the fiscal crisis. Pataki, Giuliani etc. kept the practice going even during boom years.
The state’s decision to cut aid to the city’s schools while increasing it for the rest of the state drove a generation of middle class parents out of the city, and undid the schools’ 1980s recovery leaving them nearly as bad off as at the nadir of the fiscal crisis.
Cuts in parks and recreation set off the policy of only having decent parks in places where revenues pay for them.
The related article on surviving the recession does mention walking or biking instead of taking a taxi. Taxi? Only rich people take taxis.
Larry, the NY Mag article didn’t mention the city’s bike-helmet giveaway, if it’s still going on. As for taxis, Your “only rich people take taxis” line contrasts with Doc B’s assertion last week that taxis are
the one kind of car that every New Yorker can occasionally make use of.
Myself, I think people take taxis because bus service is so underwhelming.
What happens when the orange DKNY bikes become stripped, rusted frames?
Presumably DOT will get the advertiser to remove them or pay a fine; if stickers on the sidewalk are illegal, I don’t see why these orange boat anchors wouldn’t be.
“This would have the biggest improvement to the quality of the public realm and to transportation funding of anything that could be done. We need a bold, visionary elected official who is willing to step up to the plate to push for this.”
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