Welcome to our summer research assistant, Catherine Dwyer! Here’s her first post of the season; we look forward to many more.
An interview with Mitchell Moss, Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, was featured in this morning’s AM New York. Moss touched on a number of topics, including plans for congestion pricing, the Second Avenue subway, and the problems with weekend parking in SoHo.
Moss advocated for the widening of narrow and overcrowded downtown sidewalks, noting that New York is a city of pedestrians. Congestion is a problem that affects both walkers and drivers. Street parking, he argued, “impedes the flow of pedestrians and auto traffic,” ultimately contributing to higher congestion levels in busy areas like SoHo. Moss discussed Sam Schwartz’s congestion pricing plan, remarking that raising public concern of the issue was an admirable accomplishment. Moss said, though, that the specifics of his plan would not succeed due to the financial inner-workings of the MTA.
Moss was somewhat critical of the progress made on the Second Avenue subway, explaining that “It’s taken half a century to get from 96th St. to 53rd St. Actually, it’s taken 60 years to go 30 blocks, so it might take 200 years to finish it.” He believes that the difficulty in completing the project comes from the complexity of construction in an established urban environment, as well as difficulty in procuring adequate funds.
A native-born New Yorker, Moss discussed some favored spots around NYC (including Miss Lily’s on Houston Street), as well as the best way to invest yourself in the city. For Moss, “it’s just walking and enjoying the city. There’s always something to discover. There’s no other city that gives people the opportunity to walk like we do.”
The full article can be found here (http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/urbanite-mitchell-moss-on-sidewalks-subways-and-gentrification-1.3729225) on AM New York’s website.