Weiner Invokes Jane Jacobs, Endorses “Alternative Modes”

Move over Weinermobile.

Queens Congressman and 2009 mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner released a manifesto of sorts yesterday. "Keys to the City" lays out his plan, in broad strokes, to "keep New York the capital of the middle class." Toward the end, Weiner touches on transportation policy. While he remains opposed to congestion pricing, he comes out in favor of making "alternative modes" more viable:

Finally, as evidenced by my work as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to secure millions of dollars for pedestrian and bicycle transportation options, we need to make our existing infrastructure safe and friendly for alternative modes of moving from Point A to Point B. Integrated neighborhoods — where individuals live, work and play in close proximity to one another, as Jane Jacobs once exalted — demand that we enable those who want to commute without polluting to do so safely and easily.

It will be interesting to see how the "close proximity" pitch plays to the anti-development, down-zoning crowd that is certain to be an energetic part of the 2009 election. The language is still pretty vague and not attached to any specific plans, but a candidate who raises an idea can then be expected to elaborate on it.

6 thoughts on Weiner Invokes Jane Jacobs, Endorses “Alternative Modes”

  1. Weiner’s words fall flat on my ears. How can you demand a safe an easy commute for transit riders and starve transit of funding at the same time. His rhetoric seems to hinge on the fact that somehow everyone will magically want to take transit and stop driving. Even then, transit will be woefully underfunded. Sorry Wiener, you can’t make driving AND transit as convenient as possible. True leadership involves actually making the tough choices, such as supporting congestion pricing, to make transit a more convenient option than driving.

    On another note, I’m glad he’s supporting biking initiatives, but there needs to be either a drastic reallocation of space or a massive reduction in vehicles to make this city truly bike friendly. We shall see if Weiner has the leadership to support either of those notions.

  2. “Integrated neighborhoods — where individuals live, work and play in close proximity.”

    Will allow some parts of the city’s economy to survive even as the transit system collapses, or so he will be left to hope if elected.

  3. In a place where most people don’t even have a car, how is it that walking, biking, and riding transit are considered “alternative modes”? The alternative mode in NYC is driving.

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