NYC’s alternative parking ritual is back. Cue the outrage.

Any suspension of parking rules on the alternate side of town – whether for snowstorms or religious occasions ranging from Purim to Diwali to the feast of the Immaculate Conception – is generally celebrated by motorists. And that was the case in March 2020, when Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Brooklyn resident, broke the rules after New Yorkers complained they had to move their cars during the lockdown.

In June of that year, he reinstated the rules, but only asked New Yorkers to move their cars once a week to sweep the streets. Mr de Blasio called it the “most dramatic reform” of parking rules in “decades”.

Mr de Blasio touted the move as a boon for ordinary New Yorkers, and even the environment – a notion heavily contested by transport advocates, who wonder how any policy making it easier to own a car could be green.

“Listen, our No. 1 concern is the climate, the No. 1 challenge is the climate crisis,” he said in October. “I think it’s a tradition in this town that people are constantly walking around the block and being idle and looking for a space, you know, for 15, 20 minutes, 30 minutes every night, that it’s not what we want to see on any given night.”

Mr de Blasio promised to assess the policy’s impact on street cleanliness and change it if necessary. There were no substantial changes; the new rules continued until the end of his term.

The result was a dirtier city, city officials now say.

Data from the city’s non-emergency 311 system “shows very clearly that there has been a significant increase in complaints about litter, rodents, trash,” said Sandy Nurse, the Brooklyn councilwoman who chairs the committee. sanitation.

Mr. de Blasio did not respond to a request for comment.

Mr Adams, who took office in January, has worked to restore a sense of normalcy to the city. He encouraged workers to return to offices and clean up homeless encampments, and the emphasis on cleanliness fits with his broader message.

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