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Old 09-20-2019, 05:43 PM
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I'm unhappy with this recent trend. I love that Manhattan is very anti-car in comparison to the rest of the country, but I'm bothered about all the moves in recent years, like closing Broadway and promoting congestion pricing - that have a lot of negative aspects. Blocking off streets and narrowing streets is an impediment to buses as well, and slows taxis for anyone who wants to splurge on them.

I'd be much happier if they just clamped down on Uber. And, by the way, I recently had to take a taxi for the first time in a long while, and I practically fell over on seeing the price for a short ride.

He was just on WNYC, but I can't find the interview. Maybe it was a re-run.

Corey Johnson Wants to ‘Break the Car Culture’ in New York City. What Does That Mean?
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:01 PM
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NYC is promoting a dirty diesel mack truck culture instead.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:44 PM
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I think it's a good thing to use fewer cars. Good for our health, good for our budgets, and good for the environment.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:12 PM
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They need to make the metro north and LIRR fares more reasonable, especially for intra-city trips like from Flushing or the North Bronx. Otherwise I don't feel comfortbale supporting more anti-car rules/laws
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:04 AM
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Yes, he wants fewer cars, but will mass transit really improve in the way he's imagining?
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:06 PM
Location: Staten Island, NY
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They can have Manhattan, its design is not conducive to driving anyway. The problem is they are spreading this crap to the outer boroughs as well where “car culture” is necessary. I totally ignore bike lanes on Staten Island, as do most others, because all they are is a hassle for drivers with very little bicyclists using them. How did we get by for decades without them?

One major example:

People who live in homes go food shopping for the week (or more). We don’t have the space constraints that apartment dwellers have, or the bodega on every corner that less affluent are willing to live off of. We shop for our families in a manner which begets the need for a car to bring our multiple bags home.

We’re not bothering the leftists who want a different lifestyle for themselves, so leave us the hell alone.
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:36 PM
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That's funny, I still remember some of the City Council members complaining that it took them 5-8 hours to get home (north Bronx or Westchester) during one of the last major snowstorms. These are people who use placards to park in one of the busiest areas downtown. Less 'car culture' for thee, but not for me.
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:39 PM
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they need to fund more passenger rail infrastructure like nj transit, amtrak, and MTA if they want less cars

also need train to the plain for all major myc metro airports
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:12 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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we now have bike lanes on these busy brooklyn avenues where bikes really shouldnt be in the frist place.

I watched a woman biker yell at a car on 3rd ave in sunset park, hello???? third ave, would be the last avenue Id ride a bike, idiot.....
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:53 PM
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Corey Johnston is just tapping into the transplant and whatever mantra about biking/anti-motor vehicles to enhance is street cred with that demographic.

He wants to be NYC's first out gay mayor and will be running in what promises to be a crowded field in 2021. A long list of term limited city pols including Scott Stringer already have made their intentions known, and more democrats likely will add their names to that list in coming year or so.

Liberal, progressive democrats are going to fall all over themselves in seeing just how far left they can get to in order to appease what they believe are changing demographics of NYC. In other words more of the nonsense you see coming out out of Queens and parts of Brooklyn along with of course Manhattan.

Because of term limits nearly entire city council, and (IIRC) all the borough presidents, public advocate, and (again IIRC) all district attorneys along with comptroller are either up for re-election and or cannot run for same office again. That means a whole lot of career politicians looking around for another gig so they can feed on the public teat for another four years.

There are only a handful of offices city offices council members can run for (BP, comptroller, public advocate, DA), so if they can't bag another local elected seat, that will be that. Some like Richie Torres, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Ruben Diaz, are going for a higher office without term limits, Congressman José Serrano of South Bronx who is "retiring" next year due to health reasons.
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