Jay Walljasper chronicles the decline of lively public spaces in the era of "rampant traffic, proliferating privatization, heightened security...and the internet," and human kind's existential need for protecting and expanding the public realm.
Sep 12, 2012 On The Commons
Under new legislation introduced this week in City Council, naming rights for Pittsburgh's public buildings and advertising on city vehicles and employee uniforms will be sold to the highest bidder in an effort to monetize the city's resources.
Jul 26, 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sandy Springs, Georgia has taken the libertarian tip and privatized almost every city service - including planning. So does it work?
Jun 25, 2012 The New York Times
Gaia Pianigiani discusses the recent opening of a new, luxury high-speed rail line in Italy – Europe's first private competitor to domestic, state-run HSR.
May 2, 2012 The New York Times
Kirk Victor examines the new and risky roads many cities are taking to get immediate access to capital in order to finance their fiscal challenges.
Mar 20, 2012 Governing
A new plan from Governor Christie involves the state retaining control over the parks but contract with non-profit and business partners for services.
Nov 3, 2011 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Senator Mark Kirk presented details yesterday about his plan to lease public transportation assets to private companies or partner with them to expand transit.
Jun 21, 2011 The Chicago Tribune
House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica has proposed a bill to privatize Northeast Corridor rail operations. This post from <em>Pedestrian Observations</em> looks at what such a plan would mean.
Jun 18, 2011 Pedestrian Observations
Miyashita Park in Tokyo is an historic site with a history of homeless encampments. Officials plan to turn the park into a skateboard park, with naming rights purchased by Nike.
Feb 20, 2011 Positive Spaces
More parks in the U.S. should fight funding issues through privatization, writes John Stossel.
Dec 8, 2010 Reason