Joel Epstein writes for the Huffington Post. He spends most of his time in LA, but he recently discovered our new bike lane in Prospect Park and wrote an article.
From the Urbanite Times
A BIKE ROUTE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
by Joel Epstein.
September 14, 2010
It is fair to say that I am obsessed with Washingtonâ€™s belated embrace of infrastructure construction as a means of rebuilding the country and the economy. So if youâ€™re anything like me on this, you may be asking yourself whether President Obamaâ€™s Infrastructure Bank has a snowballâ€™s chance in hell in the current political climate. Does his recent speech mean that Obama and his policy team have finally heard the muezzinâ€™s call to prayer on public transportation and other needed public works?
And where, if at all, does 30/10, LAâ€™s smart proposal to accelerate construction on 12 critical public transportation projects, figure in to all of this?
With the Party of No winding up again to cut off the countryâ€™s nose to spite its face over Obamaâ€™s new New Deal I thought I would focus this week on an urban infrastructure change that doesnâ€™t take an act of Congress and doesnâ€™t cost the equivalent of a Goldman Sachs partnerâ€™s Christmas bonus. The fact is, not all the things government does to improve the quality of life for the citizenry involves billions of dollars in investment and years of planning and construction. Sometimes, more modest changes in the streetscape can alter in positive ways the life we live. And sometimes, the work to make those changes can be carried out by employees who are already on the payroll.
Read the rest of the article here.