9 thoughts on “CityViews: NYC’s Ideals at Stake in Choice Between Low-Income Housing and Parking

  1. Anybody who owns a car in the city, especially in the Bronx or Manhattan, has a good reason for it. Maybe their jobs are out in the suburbs or somewhere within the city inaccessible by bus or subway. Maybe they have kids/parents/friends/doctors who also can only be reached by motor vehicle. Maybe they use the car to buy groceries for their families. This is hardly a social justice issue, grow up.

    • Translation: “I own a car because I enjoy the choices it affords me in education, employment, health care, and grocery shopping. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay market rate for storing my private property on public land, drive my private vehicle on publicly owned roads, or risk anything of my own to secure cheap petroleum. I’m an adult, and if you disagree with me, you’re a baby.”

      • O.K. so how are persons that live in Manhattan or the Bronx and works outside the city going to get to their jobs? You know that reverse-commuting has grown over the past 20 years.

        • Reverse commuting has grown over time but the vast majority of working residents still do so within New York City.

          A bit less than half of households have a car registered. The vast majority of those residents could get by without one or use a car share/for-hire service when necessary. It’s true that some residents do require an automobile, but it’s definitely not near half. I would say substantially less.

          People should also reconsider the communities they live in. It’s true that it can be difficult for people to move, but if you’re reverse commuting from Manhattan Valley/The Upper West Side, you might want to either reconsider your living arrangement or employment.

    • “Anybody who owns a car in the city, especially in the Bronx or Manhattan, has a good reason for it. ”

      Your statement is not backed by statistics:

      “In New York City, 10% of auto trips are under one-half mile, 22% are under 1 mile and 56% are under 3 miles”


      55.2% of households do not have a registered auto, 26% commute via one:


      A small portion of the population works in the burbs. Most people that live in NYC, work here. Most people work within their borough, followed by Manhattan.

    • All the building supers – who live in the buildings in which they work! – have cars. The typical car owner in the city is either not working, or works from home, and has spare time to babysit the car. It’s not the city’s duty to provide free or subsidized parking to those who choose to own a car here.

      • On street parking is not free. We all pay to maintain those streets and vehicle owners pay a separate tax to NYC on top of the NYS registration fees. Some state and federal money goes to NYC for road maintenance too.

        • But the issue in this article is off-street parking, not on-street parking. Some people are demanding a higher parking ratio for 100% affordable housing in transit-rich Manhattan Valley. That’s ridiculous.

          Transportation is part of housing cost. If you live in Westchester and work in Manhattan, you don’t get a free train ticket. If you live in Manhattan and work in the suburbs, you have to pay for occupying valuable land.

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