You are so right about double parking. Tow those lazy jerks. I have some ways we could fine tune your vision to help pedestrians and the community and do away with your big brother willies. That menacing wall of cars parked along the curb is the pedestrians best friend. That stinking wall of steel protects pedestrians from careening cars. I personally think curb parking should be the only parking available in the CBD. Chuck all those centrally located parking lots & structures, make them illegal and relocate them to remote locations served by transit with housing above them. (Build parks, museums, skateboard parks, velodromes, affordable housing in their place.)That will reduce the available parking dramatically and the amount of vehicles that come to the CBD expecting to find parking. Pair this concept with your idea of making things even more expensive. How about charging more for that curb parking. Have the cost fluctuate based on availability. The more spots available the cheaper the parking (sensors embedded in the spot communicate with a central coordination computer. Up goes the cost as scarcity increases. This will encourage drivers to arrive earlier to get scarce parking spreading out the rush hour=less congestion and less cars overall. Give a good chunk of all that parking revenue to the local neighborhood associations to spend on pedestrian & streetscape and traffic calming improvements and maintenance on their new community velodrome. Restripe bike lanes outside the door zone everywhere in the city and take up a whole traffic lane for bikes. Above all NYPD needs to enforce the law and tow those double parkers. Cite speeders; protect us all from those death machines.
September 12, 2007 12:42 PM
Keep in mind Rob Moses' LI parkway whose low bridges, coupled with his quashing of the extension on the Long Island Rail Road to Jones Beach served as a highly effective demographic filter nfor his parks and beaches. Though the barrier of congestion pricing might lack the physicality of an overpass, the economic motives are similar in effect. I think that the city would breath a little easier...yet I can't help but loath the image of a street populated entirely by bikers, buses/taxis, and tunnel people. I'm all for more New Yorkers taking PT, but it hurts that this would open the place up for jersey. Tourniquet the Holland Tunnel and then the main source of our congestion will reduced to a trickle.
October 3, 2007 01:14 AM
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