Thursday, May 1, 2008

Congestion pricing debate

This looks like it will be an interesting Debate at Lolita's:

Should Manhattan Streets Have Congestion Pricing?

YES: Charles Komanoff, economist who has prominently weighed in on transportation, energy, and environment issues throughout the City’s long congestion pricing battle (see his writing at

NO: Doug Dechert, controversial journalist devoted to “puncturing the pretensions of the plutocrats” who’s irked New York Post with his reporting in New York Press on the Page Six corruption scandals (see the archives of

Moderator: Michel Evanchik
Host: Todd Seavey
Wed., May 7 (8pm) at Lolita Bar, basement level, 266 Broome St. at Allen St. (one block south and three west of the Delancey St. subway stop). Free admission, cash bar.

Politically, congestion pricing looks pretty moribund in New York right now, but it's still on the move elsewhere. Moreover, the topic may lend itself to a broader discussion of Pigovian taxes; Komanoff cofounded the Carbon Tax Center.

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