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Cities Take Both Sides in the 'War on Sitting'

Cities are removing benches in an effort to counter vagrancy and crime—at the same time that they’re adding them to make the public realm more age-friendly.
People use leaning bars at a bus stop in Brooklyn in 2016.
People use leaning bars at a bus stop in Brooklyn in 2016.New York City Department of Transportation

Last month, after six months of construction, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopened the first of three rehabbed Brooklyn stations. It had new USB charging stations, large-screen digital maps, countdown clocks, and even a new mosaic.

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