|Image: 200 Water Street chairs ((note the Rudolph de Harak digital clock in the background)|
|Image: Chairs on Fulton Street|
Here is what William H. Whyte had to say about fixed individual seats in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980):
Fixed individual seats are not good. They are a design conceit. Brightly painted and artfully grouped, they can make fine decorative elements....But they are set pieces. That is the trouble with them. Social distance is a subtle measure, ever changing, and the distances of fixed seats do not change, which is why they are rarely quite right for anybody. Loveseats may be all right for lovers, but they're too close for acquaintances, and much too close for strangers. Loners tend to take them over, placing their feet squarely on the other seat lest someone else sit on it.How do you sit in public? What type of sitting space do you prefer?