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by Ben Fried
This piece reads like anti-liveable streets animus in search of a story; it hits all the “special interest” touchstones. I’d like to know how many other “corruption” stories NYT has run that involve supposed graft of less than $1,000.
It’s good to see that automobilists will soon have the variety of personality options in their vehicles that cyclists already have in their choice of rides. The great thing about bikes is that they are cheap enough to have one for every mood.
Also on the web, Vélib’ for the well-dressed; can NYC compete?.
What the NYPD did to Long was clearly wrong and the officer was removed. That said, I can’t say anything nice about a suit for psychological damages that sounds peculiarly like an attempt by Long to cash in on this incident.
Unless his stated goal is to spend 1.5 million on free bicycles or fund a BRT line I don’t see much merit in the case.
That article about Sadik-Khan is truly weird. After the lede, the entire article is positive, with all the quotations. There’s some desperate editorializing… but it amounts to nothing. I wonder how well the last transpo commissioner was wined and dined by AAA?
OMG, the Sadik-Khan article.
It’s almost cute, almost laughable in its attempt to find or imply scandal. Take the irrelevant insertion of, “Among the group’s financial contributors?!?! FANNIE MAE!!!!” The $750 that the paragraph deals with becomes a punchline. Still, I’m nervous about the article’s potential in the public. I hope the City and JSK respond to such aspersions smartly and effectively as needed–with things like what ?ar?chitect said.
Ever since the term-limits extension, it’s been Michael Barbaro’s job to go after Bloomberg. Day after day, that’s what he does. Frankly, after seven years of fawning coverage, I was glad to see the Times Metro desk finally grow a pair of brass ones and do some critical reporting of the Bloomberg Administration. But this story is truly just a headline in search of a scandal. It’s pathetic. They should set up a stockade in front of the Port Authority building and make Wendell Jamieson or whomever works as Barbaro’s editor serve 48 hours in it.
What I find most interesting about this JSK “scandal” is the degree to which it illustrates how DOT initiatives like Car-Free Times Square, summer streets, and the citywide bike network have come to define Bloomberg’s agenda and, perhaps, his legacy, as well. These projects are Bloomberg. They are the flashpoint.
This is, in some ways, unfortunate for livable streets advocates because it is now clear that one of the easiest, laziest and most resonant ways to oppose Bloomberg is to oppose things like bike lanes, traffic reduction and bus rapid transit. Bloomberg is a developer-driven elitist and, apparently, so are streets designed for human beings rather than automobiles from Queens.
“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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