Privately Owned Public Spaces

November 21, 2015, 9am PST
In overhauling the appearance and ambience of a popular mall, the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minneapolis City Council have promoted strategies beyond heavy-handed policing, including philanthropy, social services, and community engagement.
September 11, 2015, 5am PDT
More and more often, barriers have been erected between the public and POPS, as privately owned public spaces are known.
The New York Times
June 9, 2015, 2pm PDT
Urbanism media noted the growing privatization of recreation facilities, such as pools, as one of the lessons to be taken from a controversial encounter between police and black teenagers in McKinney, Texas over the weekend.
The Atlantic
January 14, 2014, 2pm PST
An interview with Thomas Balsley, landscape architect and designer of hundreds of parks and plazas in New York, reveals inside baseball about the evolution of park design, planning, and approvals in the Big Apple.
December 20, 2012, 8am PST
San Francisco's 1985 downtown plan required large new office and hotel developments to incorporate public spaces, but the city is only now updating the requirements and reinforcing the initial goal of opening up privately owned public spaces (POPOS).
The Atlantic Cities
October 23, 2012, 11am PDT
As part of an endeavor to improve access to New York's 525 Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS), which gained notoriety during last year's Occupy Wall Street protests, a new website has been launched to help the public find and utilize them.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 22, 2012, 9am PST
John King authors an article examining the types of privately owned public spaces that have been created in San Francisco under the city's 1985 downtown plan and sees room for improvement.
San Francisco Chronicle