Observed: Protectus bolus

Observed: Protectus bolus

Observed in the field a variety of bollard – Protectus bolus. Once relegated to the shoreline and docks to assist the longshoreman secure ships to shore, Protectus bolus in all different subspecies crowd the sidewalk. Many of these are installed without approval throughout the five boroughs, and are loosely regulated. We see three common types:…

Observed: Protectus obex

Observed: Protectus obex

Meet Protectus obex – the modular steel barricades which can be linked together – used to control traffic, people, and protests. Protest is part of America, protected by the First Amendment, and necessary to change the current situation so that black lives matter. Generally deployed by the police, but often deployed by departments of transportation.…

Observed: Scabby the Rat

Observed: Scabby the Rat

One of my favorite things found on the street – mostly found in NYC but also in major union cities – is Scabby the Rat. Inflated outside construction sites or outside the offices of companies which the union has an issue with, Scabby sits there for a day, then goes home. There are also at…