Thursday, November 11, 2010
By Kate Hinds
(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) As part of its Safe Streets for Seniors program (see detailed project PDF here), the NYC Department of Transportation is in the process of installing "pedestrian refuge islands" on Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn's Borough Park. The islands drew some community ire, which was then gleefully covered by favorite Streetsblog bête noire, CBS's Marcia Kramer. In an attempt to get everyone to dial down the rhetoric, New York City Councilman Brad Lander, who represents the neighborhood, wrote an op-ed in last Friday's Hamodia that caught our eye (It Could Be Your Bubbe or Zeide: How We Can Make Fort Hamilton Pkwy. Safer).
He writes: "The goal of these islands is to keep any more of our grandparents — or anyone else — from getting seriously injured or killed. In a world with terrorism and crime, hunger and homelessness, maybe we should save our “outrage” for something other than an effort to keep pedestrians safe." Put that way, the DOT is doing a mitzvah!
Read Lander's op-ed below.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Andrew Cuomo, to the consternation of the media that covers him, likes to be in complete control of his message at all times, saying as little as he can get away with. The wildly undisciplined campaign of his opponent, Carl Paladino, has given him an excuse to say even less.