The Battle Over the Public Realm: Fighting for Civic Life in Privatized Streets and Parks*


What consequences emerge when homeowners' associations, developers, or special taxing districts privately own or maintain our streets, parks and other apparently public spaces? Can real civic life exist within privatized space, and can residents abandon their gated-subdivision mentality? This panel explores both practical and philosophical concerns and suggests strategies to resolve the tension between new urbanist ideals and the long-term reality of the privatization trend.

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