The Meaning of 'Private' in 'Private Property'

Sam Bass Warner Jr. reflects on the meaning of private property against the changing landscape of land use and ownership.
November 18, 2003, 8am PST | Connie Chung
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"When we think about our towns and our homes we often mistake the meanings of private....New and old, my house and yours, are the handiwork of our neighbors and our predecessors, private and public....Yes, land and private property are the twin bases upon which all our towns and cities are built and rebuilt. The land is the mutually managed resource; private property is the rules for occupation of the land. The land within the town is limited and fixed, but private property is an ever-changing set of rules about how the land is employed....Your land and house or shop or plant or office belongs to you (or your mortgage company), but what private property means depends on its place and time."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Sunday, November 9, 2003 in The Hartford Courant
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