I read this story in the New York Times and wondered how effete city dwellers are in New York. In any civilized part of the galaxy, people who find 10 years of scaffolding to be ridiculous would simply pull their pickup truck next to it, wrap a chain around the scaffolding, secure it to the trailer hitch and drive away for awhile.
I know, I know. There isn't a single pickup truck owner who lives within 10 miles of this place. What a pity.