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Push For A Car-Free Central Park
March 28th, 2006

The recent report from the federal Environmental Protection Agency that New York City has the most polluted air in the country — residents of Manhattan are three times more likely than Americans as a whole to get cancer from it has given new oomph to an old campaign by Transportation Alternatives to ban cars from Central Park, for public health and safety. There was a rally last weekend at City Hall to push for a car-free Central Park, a petition reportedly now has more than 100,000 signatures to close the park drive for the summer, and it is hard to find anybody against the idea. Some argue that closing the park to traffic will greatly increase traffic nearby, said the blogger What I See, who included pictures of the rally. My feeling is that its incorrect Let’s try it for one summer and see how much of a difference it makes. Wildlife photographer and park frequenter Cal Vornberger wrote on his blog recently that dodging speeding cars with a large lens on a tripod is not my idea of a good time, and learned of an adult Screech-owl that last month was struck by a car as it flew across the drive. Momentarily stunned, the owl flew off before it could be struck by another car… Its only a matter of time before a jogger, pedestrian, or tourist gets run down by one of these madmen meaning drivers.

By on March 28, 2006, 9:17 am
In category: Environment,Parks,Transportation | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Push For A Car-Free Central Park”

  1. Glenn Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 11:46 am

    It’s Park! Not a “vital Transportation link” as the DOT referred to it. TA should be very proud of how far this campaign has come. Next up: Congestion pricing for Less Traffic.

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