November 8, 2011
Daily News opposes residential parking permits, but would consider an Atlantic Yards exception
Atlantic Yards Report
In an editorial this morning headlined City council parking permits might turn out to be ‘hunting licenses’ that impose a fee for what is now free, if annoying, the Daily News came out against residential parking permits (RPP) for pretty much the same reasons the Department of Transportation (DOT) is wary, but allowed for an exception:
In very limited cases, something like neighborhood permits might make sense: as in the immediate orbit of huge arenas like Yankee Stadium and the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will get flooded with cars on game nights. The city Transportation Department is studying the feasibility of reserving some curbs in those areas for residents and expects to have the results, including pros and cons, in January. Never mind, we can’t wait, says the City Council — which has passed a home-rule message asking Albany for permission to make the change.
Will Albany agree? Not if Republicans like Brooklyn Sen. Marty Golden have their way.
But anyone opposing RPP around crowd magnets like sports facilities has to come up with a better plan, not just say no.
The latest brainstorm for reengineering city streets, most of which already work just fine: Why, I know — whaddya say we grant people residential parking permits?
NoLandGrab: If the Daily News's editorial writers actually believe that most New York City streets "already work just fine," they really ought to get out from behind their windshields once in a while.
Posted by eric at November 8, 2011 10:07 AM