Be Careful What You Wish For

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The D.O.T.’s traffic-calming plan for Park Slope/Gowanus.

Ariella “Scoop” Cohen at The Brooklyn Papers reports that the 68,000-square-food Whole Foods gigantiplex due to open in Park Slope at Third Avenue and Third Street in spring 2008 will have a three-story 430-car parking garage.

Cohen quotes a traffic engineer as saying that as many as 1,800 cars could use the facility per hour.

It seems oxymoronic that a healthy-lifestyle brand such as Whole Foods would promote driving in a neighborhood such as Park Slope/Gowanus; but it’s never been said that a little environmentalism gets in the way of capitalism in our Mayor’s city.

Prepare for “health conscious” mamas eating from bags of Pirate’s Booty while gunning their S.U.V.’s down Third Avenue.

-Matthew Grace