Lawmakers in New York City are finally taking action to address the proliferation of scaffolding structures that often remain in place for years after they are erected.
The City Council is set to introduce a series of bills aimed at tackling the issue, which has resulted in around 9,000 structures currently standing across the city, with 200 of them serving no purpose at all.
The bills will seek to bring down these structures and expedite the repairs of buildings they are erected in front of.
They will also provide landlords with access to low-interest loans to help fund repairs, change the design and safety standards of scaffolding, and boost fines for those who fail to comply.
Residents and lawmakers alike hope that these measures will improve the look and safety of the city, as well as the quality of life for its inhabitants.