The New York City council has just approved the plan to charge up to an $8 fee to enter sections of Manhattan south of 60th Avenue. The plan was passed as a "home rules message" — sort of a plan to have a plan system which tells the state Senate Legislature to pass a bill a certain way. Whatever, that's just New Yorkers making things overly complicated. Let's just say the possibility has been raised that sometime in the near future, driving in Midtown will feel more like traffic and less like a seething hell of cabs and anger. [NYTimes via WorldCarFans]