Bike corporate sponsorship…yeah, ok, I guess

Here is a boosteristic op-ed praising CitiBike from Steve Smith in the New York Daily News. It came through my Twitter Feed via Richard Florida. I was suspending judgment until Smith overplayed his hand in the last, chirpy line:

Public services are expensive. Taxpayers are stretched. Let companies be part of the solution.

Or, companies and their elite managers could just pay their taxes, stop putting the screws on cities for endless corporate perks, and stop hollowing out governments so that people could just have public goods in their cities.

But then, companies and their apologists couldn’t ride in on white horses so that they can slap their logos on every square inch of New York and expect the glowing gratitude of the hoi polloi in return.