Breaking the Car Culture

City Comptroller Scott Stringer explains what it will take to fix New York’s relationship to the automobile.

Stringer recently waded into a contentious conversation about how to fix a 65-year-old stretch of highway just across the river from the Municipal Building — the cantilevers of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. That congested stretch of highway is crumbling, and until recently, the New York City Department of Transportation had planned to repair and reconstruct it as it stands. Stringer’s counterproposal — A New Vision for the BQE — fundamentally reimagines the highway-space, setting a precedent that could be replicated on aging traffic infrastructure citywide. Reclaim visited Stringer at his Municipal Building office to learn about his ideas for that stretch of highway, how he plans to challenge New York City’s car culture, and why he thinks contentious community board meetings are actually good.

Read the interview here.