Veronica Moss Visits Times Square
She's back! The woman you love to hate (and hate not to love) Veronica Moss, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist for - ahem! - the Automobile User Trade Organization (A.U.T.O.) In this "chapter", she's getting her first gander ever at the new pedestrian-friendly Times Square and she invited Streetfilms along to record her virgin journey.
Naturally since she advocates for cars for a living with her every breath, her viewpoints are bound to rankle some of those in the livable streets camp. Here are a few splendiforous musings as she reminisced about the "old" Times Square - where visitors "had to fight" for every last inch of space:
- "Pedestrians are cystic acne on the teenage forehead of this city."
- "I used to feel this wonderful sense of being totally overwhelmed and being displaced when I walked through Times Square. And that's how it should feel."
Of course, that's nothing new for Ms. Moss, who first appeared on Streetfillms a few months ago in an "exclusive" interview to let us know how she feels about cyclists and pedestrians.
[music] Veronica Moss: [0:03] Pull it together, Veronica. Pull it together. Pull it together. [breathes heavily]
[0:13] We're standing just around the corner from the newly improved Times Square. I am horrified by the events that have transpired, and I'm about to see their disastrous effects.
[0:28] Oh, my God! Oh, this is disgusting! Oh, my God! This is the crossroads of the world. Where are the roads? They've turned it into a playground.
[0:43] This is not Italy. This is not a piazza.
[0:50] Look at all this space. Look at all this wasted space. They could put an office building here. They could put a car dealership here, a parking lot, something.
[1:02] Oh, my heart is warmed. People sitting. People talking. People enjoying one another's company. If you want to see that, you can watch TV. A shrub? Really? See, someone kicked a chair over. They don't even appreciate what they've been given. They're going to destroy it. They're going to wreck it.
[1:23] What used to be so perfect about Times Square was that people were relegated to the narrow sidewalk. If they wanted to be here, they really had to fight for it. They had to shove one another out of the way, and they had to hurt one another.
[1:37] Here we are, in a place where cars have been forbidden. And they're making money off them right there.
[1:44] That's a happy car. You know when they used to put your dog down, when you were a kid, and say that they were sending it to a farm? That's the farm for the car.
[1:54] Here's the real problem. This sort of environment fosters spontaneous interaction between human beings. There she is. Ooh! Oh, what I wouldn't give to be in that expedition right now. Damn, that is one sassy car. Pedestrians are cystic acne on the teenage forehead of this city.
Look at that sign: [2:16] "No left turn." Statistics have shown that it's actually sped up traffic. But, but, look at the cars. They're crying out for some love, and just a sense of space and of freedom.
[2:33] "Do not enter." "Do not enter." Such harsh words.
[2:40] OK, turn. Turn in. You can turn in. You can. This is all that's keeping you. Don't you understand? You're complicit in your own oppression. Ignore the sign. Just turn in.
[2:52] I used to feel this wonderful sense of being totally overwhelmed and displaced when I walked through Times Square. And that's how it should feel. Now I feel like I can walk slowly. And, it's not good. It's just not good.
Veronica: [3:16] I'm comfortable. What's happening?