Congestion Tolls? Nah. There’s a Better Case for Turning City Streets to Parks
All congestion tolls do is set aside another chunk of our city centers for the rich. Bezos and Musk (good name for a fragrance) can easily afford whatever the cost, but that hardly makes neighborhoods more livable. (Disclosure: I am a retired landscape architect, so salt and pepper that as you wish)
So, let’s suppose
Suppose every other east-west street in Manhattan was closed to vehicles other than trash removal and emergency vehicles (sorry, no Amazon please). An east-moving electric bus would run down the center and, two blocks over, a west-bound would operate, so you would never be more than two blocks from public transit. That center paved area, along with its electric bus, would be available to pedestrians, bicycles, wheelchairs and roller skates. A community instead of a traffic jam. What a thought.