Today’s Headlines

  • New York Sen. Gillibrand, facing a possible primary challenge from Ford, pushes for more transit spending in the Senate’s coming jobs bill (NYDN)
  • Washington D.C.’s Metro system begins a new era of federal government influence with the appointment of two new board members (WaPo)
  • Could the president and VP’s mysterious trip to Florida on Thursday be related to high-speed rail? (Tribune)
  • New York mayor urges his congressional delegation to oppose new White House bank rules, "much like senators from Texas protect the oil industry" (WCBS)
  • Cities are anything but static when it comes to their rebuilding cycles (Grist)
  • Strange but true: Moscow’s stray dogs have learned how to ride, and play on, the subway (Daily Dish)

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Mayor Speaks at Times Square Pricing Rally

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Supporters of congestion pricing rallied yesterday in Times Square, urging state lawmakers to act by July 16 on Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative or risk losing $500 million in federal funds. "The time is now," said the mayor, according to the New York Post. "We cannot walk away from this opportunity."  Shouting out to tourists in a […]

Cartoon Tuesday: Mode Switch

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This number from cartoonist Bob Lafay makes a good companion to last week’s news that some bike models are in short supply throughout New York City, perhaps reflecting the effect of gas prices on manufacturers’ inventories. The panic subsides once you start pedaling.

New York New Visions Tackles “Sustainable” New York Future

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After Mayor Bloomberg’s December announcement of his PlaNYC initiative to prepare for a sustainable New York of 9 million people by 2030, New York New Visions, the group of architects and planners originally organized around Ground Zero rebuilding, announced it was expanding its scope to tackle the new challenge. Last night, in a stark white […]

Bike-Sharing in New York: Could It Happen Here?

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A bike-share station in Lyon, France It was a vacation in Paris a couple of months ago that gave David Haskell, executive director of the Forum for Urban Design, the idea. Haskell was so impressed by the preparations the French capital is making for its massive municipal bike-sharing program that he decided he had to […]