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Bloomberg Creates "No-Car Zone" In Manhattan, Reveals Anti-Auto War Of Aggression

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced a plan to create a car-free zone along a 6.9-mile stretch of Manhattan streets on three Saturdays during the month of August. The experimental initiative, which the Mayor has dubbed "Summer Streets," stretches from 72nd street, taking a jog over to Fourth Avenue at 14th St., crossing over to Lafayette and stopping just shy of the Brooklyn Bridge. This anti-American anti-auto experiment is like a grenade signifying Mike's true intentions — an all-out full-frontal car assault.

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If you remember, this is the same Mayor who introduced a failed proposed fee for driving into the center of Manhattan. While we wholeheartedly supported that proposal to clear Manhattan of tourist traffic and silly city commuters, allowing those of us who enjoy driving freer reign of the city streets — for a price, of course — this is a bridge too far. Not only that, but we'd have never supported the idea if we'd realized his true end-game — clearing the city of all cars.

That's right, our fear is this is just the first grenade lobbed in an anti-auto war of aggression which won't stop until Mayor B has what he truly wants — a city free of all cars! Good god, do you realize what that would mean? Everyone would take the subway — can you imagine the smell? Um, well, it could get worse. [NYC.gov via Treehugger]

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sirlurkalot
Sir Lurkalot

I live in Manhattan and love driving in Manhattan. You just gotta know the routes. Don't drive in midtown until the weekend or after 8pm. Anywhere south of 23rd street is pretty much okay any time of day. Seriously, I have no problem driving in Soho or LES or the West Village at rush hour during the week. There's traffic, but it's not that bad. If you want to go uptown or downtown, take the fdr or west side highway. The only times those get bad is during rush hour, 8am to 10am, 4pm to 7pm. Any other times you can go. Seriously try driving down the fdr at 11am on a weekday. You won't even have to slow to the speed limit unless there's an accident.