How long until cities cannot afford to keep, let alone add, park benches? Yet they are an essential quality of life element, adding to the humanity of a community. I have never heard one mayor, one elected representative, use park benches as a quality of life indicator for their city. Instead we get jobs! New houses! Growth!
Nah, park benches are much more important in the end. They are symbols of how a city is supposed to be used: on foot, in pleasant company or alone. They say, “sit here awhile. Take your time. Enjoy city life.” No amount of exclaiming about growth – or even of “progressive design” – will ever be as important as sending that message.