Public Spaces

July 3, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New York's Union Square is the scene of a lively protest featuring Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. At stake is the square's pavilion, which is set to be transformed into a restaurant.</p>
The Village Voice
June 25, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Landscape architect Gary Sexton worked on a tight budget and dodged commissions and regulations to create a beautiful vision for downtown Bremerton (near Seattle).</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Two new parks in San Francisco show how great neighborhoods are defined by their public spaces, according to this article from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This commentary from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> calls for creation of a central park for the city, made by putting a "cap" over a section of freeway.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This film from <em>Streetsblog</em> looks at a community effort in Portland to remove pavement from unused parking lots.</p>
Streetsblog L.A.
June 19, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>As a Texas beach erodes and the waves come closer to shore, homeowners are scrambling to figure out what to do when the public beach invades their private property.</p>
NPR
June 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>"Football Carnivals" are on the rise in Germany, where the community viewing buzz from the 2006 World Cup has hung around and revived itself for the current European Championship.</p>
Der Spiegel
June 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>For six hours this Sunday, streets in North Portland will be off-limits to cars.</p>
The Oregonian
June 13, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Despite the economic downturn, city officials in Spokane Valley, WA move forward with a plan to build something the city has always lacked: a true city center.</p>
Spokane Journal of Business
June 13, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Vancouverites send a sculpture packing, stirring up a debate over the role of public art.</p>
The Canadian Press
June 12, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Santa Monica, CA is succeeding where other larger cities have failed, creating a public WiFi system that actually makes money.</p>
Marketplace
June 12, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A charity in Britain wants to replicate the success of London's heavily used Speaker's Corner in other parts of the country to encourage public interaction and discussion. Some say it's an idea that could never be.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
June 6, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Many of famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin's optimistic 1970s public spaces are being updated and reconsidered. Historic preservationists fight back, but supporters say, "It's a living, breathing space, not a museum."</p>
The Hook (Charlottesville, VA)
June 4, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>William Fulton reflects on the lasting impact of L.A. developer Robert Maguire III on the city.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Downtown Knoxville has seen many improvements in recent years. This column calls on the city to be careful how it lets private interests use downtown's new public spaces.</p>
Metro Pulse
May 28, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Columnist E. Thomas McClanahan reviews a new public space in Kansas City, and finds a lot to like in the urban design.</p>
The Kansas City Star
May 23, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A provocative new exhibition at the New York Public Library challenges new bans on taking pictures in public space, and proposes the idea that photography is in some ways an exercise of eminent domain.</p>
The New York Times
May 22, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>At one time, Oklahoma City is doing two things many cities have only hoped to: the city's getting rid of one of its aging inner-city highways and replacing it with a park.</p>
USA Today
May 15, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Flashing lights on the walls on train tunnels that display a 15-second video to passengers have been introduced in L.A., bringing new revenue to the area's transit agency, but bothering some riders. Some say the ads intrude on public space.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Pubilc art should be guided by public input, according to this commentary.</p>
The Guardian