Carrion Supports Congestion and Congestion Pricing

Last week AMNY ran a profile of Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr., playing on the angle that he may make a run for mayor in two years. The piece is mostly flattering, but does make mention of Carrion’s controversial support for the new Yankee Stadium, which, as Streetsblog readers are probably sick of hearing by now, will bring ~4,000 parking spaces to what was public park land, further polluting the asthma-stricken South Bronx with additional year-round traffic.

carrion.jpgCarrion is unapologetic in his advocacy of the stadium, as well as the $225 million in taxpayer-subsidized parking that will come with it.

Carrion gives himself credit for helping to "turn the tide" in the
Bronx from "an acceptance of failure" to an environment in which
investors are optimistic enough to put millions of dollars into
housing, parkland and a new stadium for the Yankees.

In today’s Daily News, Carrion refers to last week’s approval of parking deck financing as "yet another important step toward realizing the goal of investment and
community participation in the redevelopment of this area."

But not everyone would paint such a rosy picture. Last year Carrion was accused of purging community board members who opposed the stadium project. More recently, some South Bronx residents have vowed to fight construction of the garages. Simply put, they don’t want the traffic or the pollution necessitated by an auto-dependent vision of economic prosperity.

Ironically, in the AMNY profile, Carrion also makes a case for congestion pricing.

"The fact that we can reduce millions of tons of particulate matter
from the environment, and reduce the heat effect that we create and get
more people to live healthy is a good thing. It’s the objective that’s
more important than the inconvenience."

Carrion may not see the disconnect between his negative view of traffic congestion his zeal to bring more of it to the South Bronx, but others do. Again, the Daily News:

"All along I’ve been opposed to the stadium and the traffic and
congestion it would bring to the neighborhood," [Council Member Helen] Foster said. "And this
[garage] project will just encourage even more people to drive to the
west Bronx."

Many of Foster’s constituents worry the 9,000 parking spaces around
the stadium will turn their already traffic- and asthma-choked
neighborhood into a de facto park-and-ride hub — especially if the
mayor’s Manhattan congestion pricing plan becomes reality.

  • Why does it matter? Carrion is a lame duck, i.e. carrion. Who is their right mind would support this jerk?

  • Note to anyone and everyone who may be pondering the significance of the Yankee Stadium fracas: It is possible to achieve urban economic growth without promoting car dependency.

  • Hilary

    The garage fiasco could be mitigated if it were to replace the existing parking lots that now serve the stadium. At least this one is multi-tier, instead of the sprawl that the others take up. If this battle is indeed lost, the goal now should be to insure it is state of the art – whatever that means in parking garages – and is not allowed to increase the total amount of parking.

  • indigenous afrodescendant

    Borough President Carrion has sold out the Bronx Twice, with the new stadium and now the garages.
    He will not get my vote if he runs for Mayor or any other political office.

  • Bronxite

    don’t forget the filtration plant.

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