Commentary

Not all lefties like transit–for themselves

One of the most consistent themes in transportation policy is the need to increase funding for transit to give travelers a “choice,” as if the freedom and flexiblity of the automobile is a bad thing. Well, apparently there are a number of activists and lefties in New York City that are screaming mad about losing their parking spaces, even if only temporarily:

For some New Yorkers, the news that an American remake of an award-winning British television series was being shot in their neighborhood might be cause for celebration. But residents of the Amalgamated Houses, a sprawling cooperative in the northwest Bronx, are indignant about the loss of almost 400 on-street parking spaces on Monday and Tuesday, caused by the taping of ABC’s “Life on Mars” in their otherwise quiet neighborhood. The Amalgamated is home to more than a few old-time lefties and activists, and the residents did not take this meekly. Upon learning of the shoot on Thursday, they began lobbying local politicians and officials for a quick fix that would allow them to park a few blocks away. They got their wish ââ?¬â?? permission to park on Goulden Avenue, a desolate stretch between the reservoir and De Witt Clinton High School, with a security guard and a shuttle service provided by the co-op.

Off to the barracades!

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.