Gas Price May Succeed Where Congestion Pricing Failed

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If gas prices remain so high, Bloomberg’s failed congestion pricing legislation may still achieve its desired results. Since gas prices rose above $4, subway ridership has increased 6.5 percent while both the MTA and Port Authority reported a 4.2 to 4.7 decrease in traffic through their toll boths. [2nd Avenue Sagas]

New York voters had the seventh-worst voter turnout percentage in America with only 37.6 % participation among registered voters in the 2006 congressional election. With the new elections on the way, can we do better? [Queens Crap]

Danny Goldfield is photographing one child from each country represented in the city in a project he calls NYChildren. Roosevelt Island 360 blogger stumbled upon him taking a photograph of a child named Isadora who will represent her home country, Chad. [Roosevelt Island 360]

A solar powered green initiative called BigBelly begins operations on Roosevelt Island today. It combines recycling and trash cans, reducing the number of stops collectors have to make on the Island and compacts trash 4-times to 5-times more than a regular trash can. [Roosevelt Island 360]

The 4th of July annual alleycat, a no-rules no holds barred bike race, returns to NYC organized by bike messengers and Michael Green. This year it starts at Madison Square Park at 1 pm and ends at 1st Ave and 1st St. Check out pics from last year's alley cat here. [Bike Blog]

A Philly SEPTA train car (# 2739) that has lived on 4th Ave and Union St. Brooklyn might move to Lancaster PA. The alleged owner claims that the architect he hired illegally sold the car and he has lost a court case but appealing the decision as to hang onto the car. The comments section is wacky and worth the read. [Brownstoner]

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