Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Parking Workshop Summary

The summary for November's parking workshop has been posted online. Some very cool ideas, like tax credits for the car-less and of course, parking permits.

The revolutionaries over at StreetsBlog took the opportunity to bash Forest Hills residents because it found one line in the 12 page single spaced document that actually said it was nice having a car. From the Streets Blog (their text is italicized):

It's pretty dry reading but there is some interesting material on pages 9 to 11 under the header, "Neighborhood-Specific Discussions." For example, in the Forest Hills, Queens workshop:

Some participants felt that it was a right of residents to own cars because of the distance between Forest Hills and the Manhattan urban core. Those defending car ownership rights felt that it was the compromise made to not live as close to Manhattan.

Interesting, this "right" to own a car. I wonder if Queens car owners' rights include the right to free, convenient parking? Let me double check my copies of the U.S. Constitution and the New York City Charter and see if I can dig that up...

Reading through the comments on the blog, you'll come across such cooperative comments like:

. . .you sound almost as short-sighted and selfish as those Forest Hills residents. . .

And. . .

. . .Manhattan's "public" streets are too public and I want that to change. I want CP, heavy tolling on the bridges, and streets redesigned and reclassified to make most of them either car-light or car-free. And I totally challenge the idea that anyone has a "right" to drive cars into a place that was clearly not designed for them, and where they are in fact unwelcome intruders to the majority of local (meaning Manhattan) residents who walk and use mass transit. . .

And that's what bothers me most about Congestion Pricing. Because at the core - whether they know it or not - it is a policy to make people pay a cover to enter the Country Club. It's not about pollution or congestion. You think that these very successful people who could live anywhere in the world would choose Manhattan if they were concerned about congestion? That's like moving to Ecuador and complaining about the heat.

So Forest Hills residents spent hours that Tuesday night to work with DOT representatives to figure out Manhattan's traffic problems only to be bashed by the nerds on StreetsBlog - the NYC Streets Renaissance - because one person didn't give the right answer. Kiss my ass guys.