The Heroes and Villains of New York City 

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HEROES

Janette Sadik-Khan
We sincerely hope that New York's most influential and radical traffic theorist since Robert Moses has as broad and lasting an influence on the city's livability as he did, no matter how many of her initiatives are in some way or another aimed at undoing his work. As the commissioner of an unusually proactive Department of Transportation, West Villager Sadik-Khan's street engineering experiments boast a recurring European motif that prioritizes buses, pedestrians and cyclists over cars, which we find wonderful, but many motorists, predictably, see as proof that she is at best a communist and more likely a traitor. We prefer to think of her as Henry David Thoreau on a bike.

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