Gotham Gazette ran a nice piece outlining the ups and downs of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s “green” initiatives. Two years ago, he set out a plan to reduce New York City’s carbon footprint by 30 percent in 20 years, by fostering green buildings, more solar power, bike lanes, more hybrid and electric vehicles, more storm drainage efforts, that sort of thing. He says 97 percent of the initiatives have kicked off.
Who would have thought the most controversial of those initiatives was the bike lane efforts around Prospect Park. After all these decades, it seems almost odd that people, especially in NYC, are as attached and defensive of car culture as they ever were.