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“There are people who have endless amounts of money.”

November 20, 2011

Christine Haughney has this report in the New York Times about “Cargo Vans on Steroids” that serve as mobile offices or “a children’s playroom on wheels” for the city’s 1%:

…during morning spin classes at Soul Cycle, the Upper East Side studio, the parking spaces cannot accommodate the Sprinter vans, Range Rovers and Lexus GX470s that are sometimes double-parked.

If anything tells you all you need to know about the state of transportation and our priorities in this city, this story may be it.  Double-parking enforcement? Ha! Any mention of congestion charging and the false claims that it would hurt the working poor and middle class?  Nope.  The asthma rates these luxury tank users are increasing among their poorer neighbors?  Let them suck on their inhalers!

The quote above reminds me of this quip from Representative Earl Blumenauer:

“Let’s have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle.”

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