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Eyes on the Stimulus Prize

Monday, May 11, 2009

Michael Grabell, transportation reporter for ProPublica and Amanda Michel, editor of Distributed Reporting at Pro Publica and the former director of HuffPost's citizen journalism site OffTheBus, talk about the Shovelwatch program, which tracks stimulus projects. Plus, how you can become a shovelwatcher through the new crowdsourcing initiative.

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Comments [21]

Lisa Davenport from Weehawken, NJ

A major boulevard running north from the Lincoln Tunnel through Weehawken is being repaved this week.

I'm not sure if this is a "stimulus" project or if Weehawken qualifies as "of interest" to NYC borough listeners, but it is a road project.

May. 14 2009 11:11 AM
Irene from Blauvelt, NY

I'm surprised that there's no stimulus money to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. It's been shovel ready for over a year since the various plans and studies were conducted. It's over 50 years old (the number of years it was supposed to be good for) and the holes make it dangerous to drive on. The lack of a Metro North connection to Rockland also causes traffic every day during peak time.

May. 13 2009 12:14 AM
Irene from Blauvelt, NY

I'm surprised that there's no stimulus money to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. It's been shovel ready for over a year since the various plans and studies were conducted. It's over 50 years old (the number of years it was supposed to be good for) and the holes make it dangerous to drive on. The lack of a Metro North connection to Rockland also causes traffic every day during peak time.

May. 13 2009 12:14 AM
Andrea W. from NYC and Westchester

How is it possible that there are no projects listed for Manhattan or the other boroughs? The potholes alone could keep a large team of people working around the clock for years.

May. 12 2009 06:20 PM
LKNYC from Staten Island

As other posters have indicated - there is nothing listed for any of the boroughs - is this a mistake or a reality?

May. 12 2009 04:45 PM
Pati Rock from New York City

I checked the list and I am confused as to why there are no projects in all of New York City????? With these roads, toxic sites, and the Mother of all city projects: The Gowanus????

May. 12 2009 04:10 PM
hjs from 11211

hahn
don't know what u do but everyone is connected in the economy. stop being selfish and we'll all be fine

May. 12 2009 10:44 AM
John Hahn from Glen Rock NJ

HJS: I do not sell ads.

May. 11 2009 04:22 PM
hjs from 11211

[11] John Hahn
do food sellers buy ads?

May. 11 2009 11:15 AM
galvo from galvo

odell ave bridge is local, dont know why it is being replaced, unless it is structural unsound. i dont drive it in peak times, so it always seems fine to me.
being a public transportation advocate, i would prefer westchester would provide better public transportation or complete the south county trailway/bikeway in Yonkers. There is the missing link in yonkers that the local neighborhood has formed a NIMBY political block so the bikeway is never completed. The property is all Right of Way and owned by the county. Yonkers rumor has it that a Political deal was made that the local residents would only support this state senator for her initial election if this new senator would block completion of the trailway. i dont know if that is true, but would like to know why the trailway, which was completed over 10 years ago, had this 2 mile uncompleted missing link connecting to NYC.

May. 11 2009 10:58 AM
John Hahn from Glen Rock NJ

HJS: Thanks for your comment.

Unfortunately: I do not sell food, sell gas, etc.

Since construction workers do not buy Public Relations services or Ad specialties -- which is what I sell -- I do not have the opportunity to benefit.

May. 11 2009 10:57 AM
Leon Wynter from New YORK

For some reason, none of the counties comprising New York City, or the city as a whole, are listed on the 'county' pulldown menu.
Is this a glitch or what?

May. 11 2009 10:48 AM
Leon Wynter from New YORK

For some reason, none of the counties of New York City (or the city as a whole) are listed on the 'county' pulldown menu.
Is this just a glitch??

May. 11 2009 10:46 AM
hjs from 11211

Stephanie
NY pays the bills, helps to support the rest of the nation :
http://www.taxfoundation.org/UserFiles/Image/Blog/ftsbs-large.jpg

May. 11 2009 10:43 AM
Adam Womelsdorf from NJ

Sounds like one step closer to 1984.

May. 11 2009 10:41 AM
hjs from 11211

john Hahn ,
construction workers buy food gas pay rent etc so it will help all of us, union or not

May. 11 2009 10:41 AM
Stephanie from Brooklyn

How can there not be a single Brooklyn project on this list? Did the state decide which projects were going to be proposed first, and did we get short shrift? Or are city officials just not on the ball?

May. 11 2009 10:40 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

So what are these watchdogs going to do if they decide a project is somehow insufficiently worthy. Yell STOP! At this point isn't the money going to projects that have been on the books -- approved and vetted? I wonder how this will really turn out.

May. 11 2009 10:36 AM
John Hahn from Glen Rock NJ

Giving Construction jobs to connected construction fat cats.
How does that help the rest of us?
Not everyone is in a union.

May. 11 2009 10:36 AM
Suki from Williamsburg

There are no New York City projects listed on this project.

Shame because Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn is in DIRE need of fixing.

May. 11 2009 10:33 AM
eva

This is great - I had thought about starting a citizen's oversight of the stimulus, but if ProPublica is already doing something, that makes it a lot easier.

I hope it won't just be criticism for its own sake, but criticism that allows our representatives to act to improve the projects' management.

I think this is perfect for crowdsourcing. Where's the link for "shovelwatch"?

May. 11 2009 04:13 AM

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