Thursday, October 25, 2012

Privately Owned Public Spaces

The Architect's Newspaper takes a look at the attempt to catalogue and publicize New York's privately owned public spaces (POPS).  POPS, which entered the public consciousness during the fervor over Occupy Wall Street (Zuccotti Park is a privately owned public space) were introduced to New York in a 1961 zoning resolution. The city offers zoning concessions developers if they make spaces accessible to the public. There are currently over 500 POPS in New York City, ranging from extended sidewalks to fancy indoor atriums, most of which are located in Manhattan.

Steve Clowney

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