Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot
If there was some kind of public plan for the park, bike use, and car travel, rather than just pitting people against each other over crowded space, we would all be better off. If Bloomberg and his DOT want to reduce traffic congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park and raise revenue for maintaining the park at the same time, they could build parking garages in the park so drivers would not circulate endlessly looking for spaces and people could leave their cars behind more easily and take the subway to work.
You read that right: “Build parking garages in the park.” Come on, Singer, why stop there? Whenever I have used Prospect Park, at least two or three times a week, I am one of the few people in it. For most of December, January, and February, I was the only one. Just pave the whole thing over and be done with it. The environmental devastation would be more than offset by all of the people who would drive, park their cars, and then take the subway to work! If you don’t stop to think about it too much, it makes total sense.
Read the whole thing. It’s satire worthy of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Only it’s not satire.