“What you need is the same standardized process that has integrity and is followed in all decisions like this.” — Jim Walden, New York Times, 6/3/11
Whoa, Nellie! Is this the same Jim Walden, who is representing (at no cost), Neighbors For Better Bike Lanes, Lois Carswell, Iris Weinshall, and Norman Steisel in their attempt to eradicate the Prospect Park West bike lane?
Yup. Walden is representing (also pro bono) the Brooklyn Heights Association in a lawsuit to prevent the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation from handing the Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo, over to the St. Ann’s Warehouse theatre company.
Councilman Brad Lander and former CB6 chairman Richard Bashner have filed an amicus brief in the suit Walden has brought against the Department of Transportation. It details the multiple meetings and votes taken by the board in support of the project. A project that has delivered the results of traffic calming and cycling/pedestrian safety that it was designed to achieve.
Yet back in April, Walden wrote an “open letter” to Community Board 6 decrying the lane, and the board’s actions, stating they were “inconsistent with the greater public good.”
It’s not clear to me that Walden understands the meaning of the words “greater”, “public”, or “good”. He does though, seem to have a firm grasp of “irony”.