times-squareWeeks after even the Post stopped wasting words whining about the temporary furniture and plastic bollards in car-free Times Square, the Times mounted their own attack. Susan Dominus critiques the pedestrian space, a work in progress, saying it has “a rough, slipshod feel” and “looks a little unworthy of New York.” It’s the same analysis that could be made of Atlantic Yards, the World Trade Center, as well as every partially-finished construction project in the city. And she has a solution:

The city may be reeling from recession, but the huge orange plastic containers and tatty hardware-store chairs give the sense that it’s already letting itself go, like some Lehman Brothers wife who has not just forsaken her golden highlights, but given up on grooming altogether. Surely someone at Ikea could have helped the city ease this transition — maybe some witty, oversize umbrellas (sure, weighed down), or at least chairs that do not look like they are lonely for the company of pink flamingos.

Note: replacing the temporary lawn chairs with temporary Swedish lawn chairs until construction finishes in mid-August makes no sense.