072508news.jpgCemusa, the Spanish company that won a $1 billion contract to install new newsstands, bus stops and other street furniture throughout this fair city, hasn’t exactly impressed newsstand owners, some of whom are out of business for a month or longer while the company removes their old stand and puts in the new version (pictured). Previously, owners have complained that the roofs on the new stands leak and the locks are defective; now another problem is that some of the new structures are 9 inches shorter than promised – which is no trifle considering the tight quarters they have to deal with. The whole thing makes one wonder if the government's habit of outsourcing to private contractors is somehow flawed!