Another view of the new 20th Street
To the Editor:
I was surprised to read the letter describing chaos and danger on 20th Street due to the street redesign (“You don’t have to drive to hate 20th Street,” T&V, Jan. 17). I’ve never witnessed any of this. But if you are interested in street chaos, I recommend the intersection of 14th St and 1st Ave. There you can witness hundreds, perhaps thousands of pedestrians an hour, in crosswalks, dodging aggressive drivers. Personally I’ve witnessed two people get hit (one pedestrian, one bicyclist, fortunately no serious injuries).
On 20th Street, I see a street redesign, which citywide, will prioritize public space for pedestrians, bicyclists and mass transit riders. I support bike lanes, bus lanes, expanded pedestrian space and light rail in this city.
Try this: dare to look at our streets with fresh eyes. Look at the cars passing on First Ave. See how many TLC license plates pass by. Stunning. Second, count how many cars, including the “For Hire” vehicles, which have only one person, the driver, in the car. Think about the public space, our streets, filled with this inefficient and dangerous form of transportation for so many individuals in individual cars. Then, look around and see how much space is devoted to parked cars.
Does this make sense? The majority of New Yorkers do not own cars. Yet our streets are filled with cars. Imagine dragging your sofa outside and parking it on the sidewalk for only your use. Of course this is ridiculous – the sidewalks are public space. So are the streets – now take another look at the public space filled with parked cars.
Public space in this city should be redesigned for all people. Cars are the most wasteful, inefficient form of transportation in this city. Think about street safety. Think about pollution. Think about making a beautiful, safe and healthier city.
Let’s prioritize mass transportation, such as light rail for our busy streets. Let’s make bike paths safe for all bicyclists: 8-year-olds to 88-year-olds. Making a better city takes vision.
Mary Garvey, ST
Get a load of this (or many loads)
In response to Billy Sternberg’s letter (“This price hike won’t wash,” T&V, Jan. 24) about the price increase, in my building I suspect the increases went into effect on New Year’s Day. I did wash on 1/3, 1/11, 1/18 and today 1/25, for all of which the washer was $3 (up from $2.90) and the dryer $2.15 (from $2.10).
Our COLAs can’t keep up!
Ed Frumkin, ST