Reacting to Bloomberg’s Green Vision
April 23rd, 2007

The local newspapers respond today to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Earth Day speech and his 127 ideas for building “a greener, greater New York.” The mayor proposed planting trees, building on brownfields, creating new parks and playgrounds, expanding mass transit, and even charging New Yorkers to drive south of 86th Street.

A New York Times editorial calls it “a broad, complicated and exciting blueprint” and said that “New Yorkers are fortunate to have a mayor willing to expend his energy and political clout to make their home a more livable city.”

Despite referring to the mayor’s proposals as “hubristic” and “a crapshoot,” the New York Post still believes “New York needs to give his plan a fair hearing.”

The Daily News says “everyone who cares about this city should focus attention on the sweeping plans Mayor Bloomberg unveiled yesterday for tackling the gargantuan challenges ahead,” but also hopes that it sparks other ideas as well. “If elected officials, including those who would be mayor after Bloomberg, have better ideas for keeping the city livable, let’s hear them.”

And the New York Sun even supports the idea of congestion pricing, but only if it leads to smaller government “If the money is going to be used as the mayor indicated yesterday – in mass transit schemes — it will expand total government revenues and outlays and give congestion pricing a socialistic coloration,” the Sun writes. “But if revenues from congestion pricing were used to reduce taxes on those that pay the most taxes in the first place, then it would be a step in the right direction.”

Click here to read the mayor’s full speech

By on April 23, 2007, 11:58 am
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One Response to “Reacting to Bloomberg’s Green Vision”

  1. Jim Pluskota Says:
    April 23rd, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    The mayor has the BEST idea about improving the quality of life in New York City that I have ever heard. Bravo to him and let’s hope his plans happen.

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