Since 2007, Downtown Alliance’s Re:Construction initiative has been using Lower Manhattan construction sites as canvases for public art. Despite years of visibility and praise, the Post has finally discovered the art program and claims to be outraged that “even a dime” is being wasted “to tart up jersey barriers and chainlink fences.” Worse they say, is the broader message of this “approved graffiti.” Although the artwork—flower painted jersey barriers, calm cow pastures, and patchwork fabric fences—is light-hearted and accessible, the tabloid attempts to make it seem scary and threatening. Suggesting it’s a step back to the “dangerous” and “out-of control graffiti” situation of the 70’s, the Post asks, “How long before freelance ‘street artists’ begin tagging every vertical surface in sight?” |NYP|