This one goes out to my urban New York friends, many of whom, it seems, base their opinions about the problems with American politics and culture on the fact that they don't uniformly sync up with the politics and culture of... urban New York.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg all but conceded defeat Tuesday on his plan to reduce traffic by charging drivers extra fees, saying the state Legislature's failure to act was a "terrible setback" for the city.
"I can't ascribe motives to the lack of action in Albany, but I can definitively say the environment and the future quality of life in New York took a beating," Bloomberg said in a statement a day after the plan appeared to collapse in the state Capitol.
Mark my words, California, land of big cars and suburbs beyond the horizon, will someday have a more impressive environmental record on a per capita basis than your precious, much vaunted boroughs.
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