Monday, May 07, 2007

The Man With a Plan

The NY Post's Dave Seifman comments this morning on the mayor's grandiose plans, both for the sustainable city he envisions for 2030, and for the building of tens of thousands of units of affordable housing. On the greening issue, Seifman reports that insiders believe that it will be very difficult for the mayor to get his congestion pricing scheme approved.

At the same time, he argues that Bloomberg's high popularity and overall tenacity are two factors working in his favor. Maybe so, but the clock is ticking and there are forces at work that will make it doubtful for the mayor to force feed congestion pricing to outer borough residents. Not even the bennies the NY Sun is reporting he's offering to these folks-extra express buses and residential parking permits-will be sufficient to allow the lame duck success in this taxing venture.