Now that the Legislature has turned back the proposal for congestion pricing, it is time to do something about the true cause of all that traffic congestion in Manhattan: decades of overbuilding. City Hall has allowed tower after tower to be built high above what the zoning law permitted, leading, predictably, to more and more traffic.
Of course, the group that initiated the congestion pricing plan - The New York City Partnership, lobbying arm of the Chamber of Commerce - would never go for that. It presented congestion pricing in an attractive green package, but underneath the wrapping, it was just an attempt to open up Manhattan for further real estate overdevelopment by the Partnership's members.
Mayor Bloomberg, You Want to Stop Congestion? Stop Over-Building!