Friday, May 6, 2011
Streets of Iraq better than Ozone Park?
From the NY Post:
A city lawmaker faced off with Mayor Bloomberg's transportation officials over the city's expansion of pedestrian plazas yesterday, claiming they haven't done enough research on the impact of the plazas on surrounding neighborhoods.
"I truly think that they're not studying 'what do we do' when pedestrian plazas are constructed and traffic is diverted to other streets," City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), Transportation Committee chairman, said during a hearing.
"What traffic-mitigation plans do we have? How do we make sure that we're not just shifting and diverting traffic and that the problem that we had in one spot moves to another?" he said.
"My worry is that when we have instituted pedestrian plazas, we have only moved traffic to other surrounding streets."
While most council members praised the plazas, Vacca pressed Department of Transportation officials to more thoroughly study traffic, air quality and business impacts on areas around the pedestrian plazas.