Privately Owned Public Spaces

A rendering of a large park space and public theater.

Harley Davidson Includes Community Park in Headquarters Revamp

Milwaukee is about to get a major community space upgrade thanks to one of its most recognizable hometown brands.

January 12, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

People lounging on grass in Alamo Square park in San Francisco overlooking painted ladies Victorian houses and city skyline

Predictions for San Francisco’s Public Spaces

In 2023, will the city’s public spaces be reclaimed by cars, or will pandemic-era interventions lead to permanent change?

January 5, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

A privately owned public space at 555 Mission Street with large sculptures and benches.

The Return of San Francisco’s Privately Owned Public Spaces

In San Francisco, you can find respite from city life in some unexpected places—if you know where to look.

June 26, 2022 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Contest: Design a Logo for New York's Privately-Owned Public Spaces

New York City is holding a competition for a distinctive logo to clearly demarcate all of its 550 privately-owned public spaces.

February 22, 2019 - AM New York

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Making Privately Owned Public Spaces in New York City More Accessible by Mapping Them

A new map shows where privately owned public spaces are located to encourage more public use.

September 22, 2018 - Curbed New York

Trump Tower

Report: Trump Tower Among Many NYC Buildings Not Maintaining Privately Owned Public Spaces

It's no secret that building owners often fail to maintain privately owned public spaces with any priority on the public part of that equation. A new report reveals just how widespread the problem is in New York.

April 20, 2017 - The New York Times

Nicollet Mall

Whose Comfort Matters in Public Spaces?

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.

November 21, 2015 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

The Not-So-Public Legacy of New York's Privately Owned Public Spaces

More and more often, barriers have been erected between the public and POPS, as privately owned public spaces are known.

September 11, 2015 - The New York Times

McKinney: Public, Private Divide Often Follows Race

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.

June 9, 2015 - The Atlantic

Esplanade at Battery Park

The Evolving Legacy of New York City Park Design

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.

January 14, 2014 - Metropolis

San Francisco Exposes Privately Owned Public Spaces

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).

December 20, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Website Catalogs NYC's Forgotten Public Spaces

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.

October 23, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

Guidelines on Privately Owned Public Spaces in S.F. Need Rethinking

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.

February 22, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle

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