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Honk If You Love Traffic
January 26th, 2007

Gasping for air? Getting headaches from honking horns? Tired of dodging cars when you cross the street while the walk sign is with you?

Its all a figment of your imagination. Or so says transportation commissioner Iris Weinshall. She told City Council yesterday, You have SUVs, you got these minivans. I think the cars are getting bigger and there is a perception there is more traffic. We think it is still manageable.

Critics say Weinshall may not know how bad the traffic is because her department does not do a very good job of tracking how many people move around the city and how they travel. But even if there is more traffic, those gridlocked exhaust-spewing vehicles may be a good thing. Traffic, Weinshall said, is an indication of the vitality and growth of the city of New York. We would not characterize it as a crisis. We would characterize it as a challenge.

Such comments prompted an anonymous commentator on Streetsblog to wonder, How can the city’s talk about sustainability be taken even slightly seriously when it keeps putting Iris out there with these know-nothing/do-nothing messages?”

Weinshall, Gothamist notes, was testifying about a bill that would set standards for her department, “such as cutting commute times and easing traffic congestion.” Not surprisingly, she is opposed.

By on January 26, 2007, 1:48 pm
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4 Responses to “Honk If You Love Traffic”

  1. Google bombs get dismantled  - Newsblaper - Blog Newspaper Says:
    January 27th, 2007 at 12:46 am

    [...] THIS SITE Spot a published piece that would fit this blog? Let us know about it, at blog@gothamgazette.com Gasping for air? Getting headaches from honking horns? Tired of dodging cars when you cross the street while the walk sign is with you? [...]

  2. d Says:
    January 27th, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    and yet why is that not surprising? it’s actually kind of amazing that a 21st century city’s transportation commissioner would not be interested in reducing congestion and commute times for the people of the city that she serves. really, it’s kind of stunning when you think about it.

  3. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Moving Toward 2030 Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    [...] And, if the plan somehow manages to address all that (and even does something about traffic congestion, which the outgoing transportation commissioner does not think even exists), what is to ensure it will become reality. Amy Zimmer reports in Metro today that the Lindsay administration put out a five volume long-range plan for New York City in 1969. Much of it was never implemented. [...]

  4. Eric Says:
    July 16th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Eric…

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