Time for the Monday news roundup!
Critical Mass vindicated; freeway and budget sinkholes; carfree cities go mainstream; James Dean
– Obama has named Adolfo Carrión Jr. to head the newly created White House Office of Urban Affairs. Carrión, an urban planner by training from the Bronx, has mixed reviews but may speak up for bicycling as well as transit and urban density.
– The new Environmental Protection Agency director, Lisa Jackson, is making some sweeping changes. It looks as though California will soon be allowed to regulate truck and auto emissions — and the federal government may not be far behind.
– Wired Magazine is the latest to say that “It’s time for cities to favor people, not cars.” The magazine’s blog also writes about a proposed “Hummer tax” in Massachusetts to help pay for road maintenance and transit.
– A long, sprawling, and awesome blog post at the NY Times titled “What’s the matter with California?” somehow manages to link together budget sinkholes, highway maintenance catastrophes, road rage, the political power of drivetime radio shows, and Don DeLillo. Good stuff.
– Finally, an extremely charming PSA featuring James Dean on the set of Giant urging kids to drive safely and keep the racing to the racetracks. “The life you might save might be mine,” Dean drawls, not so long before his tragic death in a car crash.
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Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com