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Congestion pricing’s indefinite delay prioritizes election strategy over transit needs

On Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul shocked the urban planning and transit advocates, lawmakers, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s own board by announcing the indefinite postponement of the congestion pricing plan that would generally charge drivers $15 for coming into Manhattan below 60th Street. After years of talk, organizing, legislative back-and-forth, public comment, community input, hashing…

What’s really going on with ż crime

Felipe! I’m really grateful for all you do and humoring me, the publisher of Epicenter, asking basic questions and not even pretending it’s for a friend.  I’ve been struck by the conversation around crime in ż lately and whether it’s safe for us to ride the subways, walk around at night, or even…

Can the act of being homeless in itself be a crime?

The Supreme Court is set to rule on litigation involving a regulation that, in effect, makes being homeless illegal. Specifically, the case of Johnson v. Grants Pass involves a law that makes “camping,” i.e. sheltering, in public spaces around the town of Grants Pass, Oregon, a criminal offense. The case has reached the nation’s highest…

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