Mayor of the Subway Version – Streetsblog New York Metropolis

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It all started when Mayor’s newcomer Shaun Donovan said he’d ride the subway every day if we vote for him next year. (NY Post)

And that got us thinking – what happened to mayors like Koch and Bloomberg taking the subway to work?

As is well known, our current mayor does not take the subway to work – and even mocks it as “cheap symbolism” when asked by Streetsblog employee Charles Komanoff.

Sure, a wealthy plutocrat like Bloomberg never joked that he was a “man of the people” just because he took the subway from the Upper East Side to City Hall. So what? Symbolism sometimes matters – in a city where the majority of residents are on transit, trying to understand what they are going through when the train is full or the buses are full is not symbolic at all.

Basic idea from @ShaunDonovanNYC: 15 min neighborhoods. A metric by which voters can measure it. Good school, fresh food, and reliable transportation should be at your door within 15 minutes.

“I’ll be on the subway every day,” he adds: cc: transpo twitter & @s_nessen

– Brigid Bergin (@brigidbergin) December 8, 2020

Taking the subway clearly doesn’t show that the mayor is a man or woman of the people, but it does connect the mayor to the people in ways that Bill de Blasio consistently does not. After learning of Donovan’s pledge, we reached out to eleven candidates for mayor and asked the simple question: “Are you going to commit to using the subway regularly, and if so why do you think it’s important over the cheap Symbolism beyond that it is you? a man or a woman of the people? ”

We heard for only four candidates:

Carlos Menchaca: “I will undertake to use the subway regularly, to cycle around the city regularly and to limit the number of journeys by car. What I’m suggesting for my own lifestyle as mayor is how most New Yorkers commute around town. How else can a mayor turn the page to a better government chapter if he is not living the life of a New Yorker? I am the mayor of ideas based on community. ”

Zach Iscol: “I use public transport and I will continue to do so regularly. I ride the subway around and my family comes around, so it’s not symbolic – it’s what New Yorkers do. It is also part of being mayor. Whether in business, government, nonprofit, or even combat, the best leaders are always at the forefront because this is where you get the information you need to deliver solutions and real results. ”

Loree Sutton: “When I made the decision to make New York my permanent home after living all over the world during my military career, it was walking and exploring the city’s streets on foot that got us into to fall in love with this city. I am and always have been a regular subway rider with no plans to change my habits. Restoring public health and safety is one of the main concerns of my campaign. To me, this means that our subways are clean and safe for drivers and people feel safe that our subways are safe to ride. It also means taking a systems approach to building a transport infrastructure that integrates all of our modes of transport – subways, buses, bicycles, scooters, pedestrian walkways, ferries, ridesharing and cars – into one safe, healthy and coordinated system. ”

Scott Stringer: “I’m a lifelong New Yorker and have ridden the subway all my life. Heads of government should understand firsthand how underinvestment in urban transportation affects New Yorkers every day. ” [For the record, this does not answer the question.]

We didn’t hear from the other candidates, which reminded us of Maya Wiley getting around.

In the meantime, Joel “A Wanderer In Town” wants Epstein just a full-time mayor. (Medium)

In other news:

  • The bike boom, which we reported on twice in the last two days, continues. Bike New York tweeted about a 20 percent increase on the Upper West Side (and you can trust Orcutt – his math is better than ours!)
  • Who knew we made such a big story when we published Congregation Member Bobby Carroll’s statement last year calling for a $ 3 surcharge for non-“essential” online orders. Carroll followed with a comment in the Daily News (which we mentioned in yesterday’s headlines). Well, everyone followed suit, including Gothamist, who started a civil war among progressives, with progressive American brand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surrendering the suggestion on Twitter (though frankly it’s an idea that worked directly with her related to AOC’s Green New Deal, but why argue?). We asked Carroll to shoot the Bronx Congressman, but he carefully declined.
  • The Daily News Editorial Board is not a fan of the Gateway project. Larry Penner remains a cautious fan. (This island now)
  • Like us, the Post also covered the small (but important) poster abuse bust of four proofreaders.
  • Unlike us, the Post recreated the NYPD version of the accident that fatally injured a cyclist last month.
  • Brad Hoylman, Manhattan borough presidential candidate, puts his speed limit below 25 mph. (amNY)

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