When Public Goes Private

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

In today’s revenue-driven world, many public open spaces are privatized for profit. We recently watched the entire Turkish nation rise up against the proposed development of Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul. Well, what is important to understand is that the the privatization of public open space doesn’t just happen overseas. Check out this article, “Designed for Democracy; When Public Goes Private and Loses its Heart” by Charles A. Birnbaum, President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, in the Huffington Post about a proposed project in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York that would take a 13 acre bite out of this public open space to implement a 25,000 seat major league soccer stadium.

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