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Mayor’s Office Revives Coordinated Street Furniture Bill

The Mayor’s Office recently submitted a bill to the City Council proposing an authorizing resolution for the installation, operation, and maintenance of a coordinated street furniture franchise. One company will be given the franchise, which will cover bus shelters, newstands, information kiosks and self-cleaning automatic public toilets. The Municipal Art Society supported this effort five years ago when it was proposed by the Giuliani administration, and is pleased that the Bloomberg administration is reviving this effort to bring well-designed and well-maintained furniture to the streets of New York. Most great cities are distinguished by well-designed street furniture and it is time for New York City to become a leader in this area. We urge the public’s cooperation in improving our pedestrian experience. Contact your City Council person and request that they hold the appropriate hearing on the authorizing resolution as quickly as possible.