This whole article is unsettling: Residents Suing to Stop ‘Fortresslike’ Plan for World Trade Center.

Summary: A small group of New Yorkers are suing the NYPD in what will probably be a vain attempt to keep them from turning the streets near their new World Trade Center into a militarized ring of security checkpoints and barriers. The report indicates that cyclists may even be required to dismount just to pass through.

Boston is getting a dose of security fever these days, including the sudden and rapid proliferation of state-operated video cameras on streets and in parks–stuff I strongly disapprove of. But stories like this one make me glad I don’t live in New York.