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Veronica Moss “Crashes” the Streetfilms Spectacular

Thanks to the 100+ folks who showed up at our "Streetfilms Spectacular 2010", a fundraising party we plan to schedule each year.  We've already had a number of people step up to want to sponsor some Streetfilms which bodes well for future productions we want to get to.

As you may have heard by now, we were graced by the presence of Veronica Moss, who barged in to interrupt our sales pitch to the attendees and express her own views about traffic and transportation.  Thankfully, Ben Fried and Sarah Goodyear of Streetsblog were there to ask her a few pointed questions, even though it probably didn't do much good.  So for those that couldn't make it, enjoy the always enteraining Veronica as she spouts her fountain of misinformation.

[show intro and music plays]
Woman 1: [0:16] You can turn it. You can't. This is all that's keeping you.
Woman 2: [0:22] As you can see, we definitely need a lot of help here because we've got people like Veronica out there. [audience laughs]
Veronica: [0:26] I'm sorry. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. Excuse me. [audience applauds]
Veronica: [1:06] Hello, everyone. I know you're comically upset to see me here because I'm crashing your patchouli party [audience laughs] , but... I just, I have to make a plea. I didn't want to come tonight. It's raining, it's cold, and I thought it would smell here, which it does. I think you all need to rethink that Tom's of Maine deodorant that you're wearing. You know, they invented chemicals for a reason. It's because they work. [1:34] My navigator is in the shop. Tonight, I don't know how you all feel when your child is in the hospital [audience laughs] , but it's much the same feeling. So, here I am, though. I had to take the subway [audience reacts] . Someone, a child, spoke to me on the train. I sort of kicked it away, but it didn't get the point.

[2:03] Anyway, I'm here because I just got back from Los Angeles. I was with my auto lobbying organization, and we were passing out Bentleys to the winners at the Golden Globes. The customs in LA, it's a beautiful place. You can go an entire day without seeing a human face. You can go an entire day in your car. In fact, I had to go five miles, and it me took an entire day. And it was one of the best days of my life.

[2:28] Here's my plea to all of you. Stop what you're doing. Stop with the bikes. Stop with the tables in the streets. Stop with Times Square. Stop with your parks on 14th street. Just stop it all before this beautiful city turns into Amsterdam. That's my plea.

[2:30] Are there any questions?

Ben Fried: [2:35] Veronica, Veronica, over here Veronica. Right here, Veronica [audience laughs] . Right here, Veronica.
Veronica: [2:38] To the young man with the loafers.
Ben Fried: [2:41] Thanks. Ben Fried, Streetsblog.
Veronica: [2:42] Yes, Ben Fried?
Ben Fried: [2:46] Your Nav, it hauls, right?
Veronica: [2:47] Oh, it hauls, baby.
Ben Fried: [2:53] I'm just wondering, legally speaking, how fast can you drive it in New York City?
Veronica: [2:55] So, you're asking me what's the speed limit?
Ben Fried: [2:57] Pretty much.
Veronica: [3:04] I don't know, 70 [audience laughs] . Is that what it is? I don't ... It should be unlimited.
Ben Fried: [3:05] It's a little ... try a little lower.
Veronica: [3:08] What is it, 68? [tape cut]
Veronica: [3:09] Yes.
Sarah Goodyear: I've got a question.
Veronica: [3:11] Yes.
Sarah: [3:31] Sarah Goodyear, also from Streetsblog. Actually, it's an invitation. I'd like to invite you to borrow one of my bicycles. And we could go for a ride together. We could take a tour of New York City on our bikes [Veronica breathes into the microphone during the question] . You know how to ride a bike, right? Do you know how?
Veronica: [3:40] Once I was stranded in an airport, and someone had to pick me up on a Vespa. Is that the same thing [audience laughs] ?
Sarah: [3:43] This, you actually have to move your feet. [tape cut]
Woman 3: [3:51] What do you think of Vegas as something we should aspire to?
Veronica: [3:59] Love it. I like a place where you can lose your entire life savings without even knowing it. So, that's good. [tape cut]
Man 1: [4:07] I wonder if you could comment on the leading cause of death for children in New York City? Which is ...
Veronica: [4:07] Which is ... SARS?
Man 1: [4:08] ... traffic.
Veronica: [4:12] Traffic! It's not SARS? [tape cut]
Veronica: [4:16] Last question, sir, in the fancy goatee.
Man 2: [4:19] How many miles per gallon do you get in the city?
Veronica: [4:21] Miles per gallon?
Man 2: [4:26] Or you could measure it by money. How much do you pay on repairs and gas?
Veronica: [4:44] My accountant handles all of that. It's about ... what is it, like, $20,000 a month, which I think is reasonable [audience laughs] because I basically live in the car. So, it's like a penthouse. [4:55] All right, well, I'm sure that my message has fallen on deaf ears, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. Thank you for indulging me, and have a good night.

[audience applauds and cheers]

[5:00]



Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Lars

    So great to see Veronica live in full form!

  • http://i.feedtacoma.com/Erik/ Erik B.

    Great clip. I see Heather and I made the final cut.

    Great meeting everyone.

    Streetfilms rules!

  • http://i.feedtacoma.com/Erik/ Erik B.

    Ok. Here is my post on the Streetfilms event.

    Tacoma Urbanist Appears in Streetfilm Clip With A.U.T.O. Lobbyist Veronica Moss

    Tacoma has had many of its urban improvement efforts opposed by A.U.T.O. Lobbyist Veroinca Moss such as the traffic calming measures on 21st Street.

    On January 19th, I traveled to NYC to watch Moss rail against the street improvement efforts in NYC in her words to "stop the propaganda" before the Streetfilms group. Many of the Streetfilm pieces are shown in Tacoma to help our city make better urban design issues such as the proper construction of separated bike lanes.

    Here is the clip from her presentation and I am honored to have made the final cut.

    http://i.feedtacoma.com/Erik/tacoma-urbanist-appears-streetfilm-clip/

    Enjoy!

    Nice film work Clarence.

  • Ruth Smith

    Good show! Very entertaining and your turnout shows a lot of support. The continuing saga with Veronica is great P.R. and lends nice debate within your website. Keep it up.

    Ruth

  • http://crankmychain.com dan

    Hey do you have the mp4 link on this so I can watch itg on my phone?

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    Hani from his grandfather