Comments on: A New Vision for a Storied NYC Location The EPA Blog Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:45:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: electra27 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:01:45 +0000 Long Island City has significant air pollution problems as does Chinatown and lower Manhattan. Vehicular exhaust is a major factor to the poor air quality. PlaNYC has many plans to decrease air pollution and hopefully the new mayor will continue these efforts. Alternate side street sweeping forces cars to be used and idle as they wait for an available spot. Cleaning the gutters 18″ out into the street is required by law but never enforced. Stopping the street sweeping and enforcing the individual cleaning of curbs would improve air quality. Most people have little awareness of how poor air quality affects us, and in particular the elderly, pregnant women, people with lung diseases and children. If more people were aware of the significant effects pollution has on our health, more would be advocates for cleaner air requirements for the businesses in their communities and do their part to decrease air & water pollution. Businesses have the immediate pressure of making profit and often environmental concerns are an extra cost. I hope the new mayor will work with the health commissioner to implement and improve the plans of PlaNYC to offset any one business’ bottom line at the expense to health of all New Yorkers so that we will have the cleanest air in the country by 2030—to accomplish PlaNYC’s stated goal.