Monthly Archives: September 2005

A Silver Lining to High Gas Prices

The American Public Transportation Association is reporting great news from across the country. Urban mass transit systems in 33 cities, including the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and “the Port Authority,” which I guess means the PATH train, are reporting … Continue reading

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Authenticity vs. the Coney Island Strategic Plan

Image © 2002 Laure A. Leber A while ago, I posted an item linking to Juan Rivero’s urban planning master’s thesis about the City’s recent efforts to revitalize Coney Island. When I wrote that item back in June, I was … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Bridges for Inefficiency

Every night, through a gap between the towers across the street, I see a red flow of tail lights streaming away across the Brooklyn Bridge. I think about all the gasoline those cars are burning, and the plume of fumes … Continue reading

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Democratic Primary Endorsements

The New York City primaries are on Tuesday. Taking a look at various candidates’ proposals on land use and transportation, I’ll take this opportunity to make a few endorsements. MayorWhomever wins this primary will have an uphill battle against the … Continue reading

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Hybrid Cars and Jevons’ Paradox

John Tierney had a column at the end of last month that blasted the California for allowing single-occupancy hybrids use HOV lanes. He wrote: In Virginia, where they’ve been allowed for years in the car pool lanes, the lanes have … Continue reading

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What Kind of Mileage You Get on That?

A bus driver asked me that question this afternoon as I was riding my bike through the Union Square area. After we laughed about the question, he wished me well and said it was the most sensible way to get … Continue reading

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Beyond Road Rage &#8212 Pump Rage

As I rode the M60 bus eastbound along 125th Street yesterday evening, I came across a BP station at Second Avenue where the price of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.999 a gallon. Several pumps were cordoned off by yellow police … Continue reading

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