This pains me to write, because I adore David Byrne. The man is incredibly inspiring, always active, never resting on his laurels, a great social critic and just plain rockin' (his music made up a big chunk of my 'growing-up' soundtrack). So I was pretty bummed by one of the bike racks he recently created for the New York City (see the full article on The New York Times site). Each rack is in a different shape that relates to the location (for example, a dollar sign on Wall Street). It's a great way to add a little glamor to cycling, which is, of course a great way to use less gasoline, which is a great way to save the planet etc.
For 44th St. and 7th Ave, he chose to use the 'Mudflap Tammy' of Trucker Mudflap fame.
Somebody hinted to the Department of Transportation that the city might get negative publicity. She's definitely low culture, but there's nothing obscene about it—and in a way it acknowledges Times Square's seedy past. I heard that Janette had to go to Bloomberg just to make sure it was O.K.
Obscene? Hardly. Clueless and slightly offensive? Quite possibly. What do y'all think?
PS: Thanks to 'Amy' in San Francisco for the tip.