Privately Owned Public Spaces: What are the Rules?

Site of the Occupy Wall Street protests, Zuccotti Park is a privately-owned public space. Lisa W. Foderaro explains the difference between this and a public park, and why it works for the protests.
October 14, 2011, 6am PDT | Judy Chang
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"Even those privately owned public spaces that do not have curfews may still impose "reasonable" rules regarding behavior, however.

Brookfield Office Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, recently posted new rules against camping, lying on the ground or benches, and using sleeping bags, but up until now those rules have not been enforced.

Enforcement would fall to the building's management company, Professor Kayden said, but if park users refuse to comply, the management may call on the Police Department for help, as it has in an effort to clean out the park."

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Published on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in The New York Times
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