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This isn’t Vietnam?

July 27, 2012

Another spin on NIMBY claim that “This isn’t Amsterdam,” from the Soho Alliance’s Sean Sweeney. Via The Villager:

…in a press release slamming D.O.T. for threatening to “desecrate a memorial site” at the square, Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance, said the department aims to turn the streets of New York into “Ho Chi Minh City.” We assume that means encourage a lot of biking in the Big Apple — which is something we wholeheartedly support. Safe, responsible cycling, that is.

It’s always amazing to me that these “real” New Yorkers are unwilling to sacrifice an inch to any form of non-motorized transportation or space for people.  They’re okay with their city staying the way it is, so long as it stays like Houston.

One Comment
  1. Crusty permalink
    July 27, 2012 9:05 pm

    The locals call it Saigon and obviously Sean Sweeney hasn’t been there. The streets are choked with traffic- mostly motor bikes- to the point that crossing the street is a challenge. The air is foul. It takes forever to get out of the city. People in Saigon take cabs because there’s no mass transit. Hanoi is worse. The DOT isn’t turning NYC into Ho Chi Minh City- it’s Sweeney and his friends.

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