Great article about the media bash of the D.O.T. and it’s Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn in Metropolis Mag. Writer, Karrie Jacobs thinks calling the commissioner “Roberta Moses,” shouldn’t be seen as a diss, to the late Robert Moses and his short sighted automobile lust of NYC, but rather as a compliment for redesigning our cities with vision…for bicycles.
Anatomy of a Takedown
A recent series of negative articles about New Yorkâ€™s transportation commissioner has our columnist crying foul.
By Karrie Jacobs
Posted May 12, 2011
The signs of spring are easy to read, even in New York City: the crocuses push up through the newly thawed earth, and daylight lasts a little longer every evening. Equally apparent are the signs of a political takedown. It starts small: in his February 28 column for Crainâ€™s New York Business, Michael Gross, who wrote a cultural exposÃ© on fashion models, took Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to task for imposing a â€œnanny stateâ€ on New York. He singled out Janette Sadik-Khan, the cityâ€™s bike-lane-building transportation commissioner, labeling her â€œRoberta Moses.â€
A week later, a full-page story in the main news section of the New York Times was devoted to Sadik-Khan and her â€œbrusque I-know-best style.â€ The premise of the piece was that Sadik-Khan, once viewed as a rising star, was now a liability. Complaints, sourced and anonymous, had her â€œyellingâ€ at people on the telephone, as if she were the first city official to have raised her voice.
Read the entire article here.