Comment 26825

By JH (anonymous) | Posted October 03, 2008 at 12:42:59

Loitering=when youth, visibly disabled people, and the working class enjoy public space


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Looting=when black residents of New Orleans try to obtain goods neccessary for survival

Basically, the city's revitalization plan is rife with Victorian thinking about "underclass"-and trying oh so hard to remove the people who actually comprise the pubic from the public sphere....
The addition of vendors, if anything, does not fundementally add to the public accessibility of Gore Park. It makes it a private-enterprise driven space---municipal capitalism---that can selectively exclude those who are not consumers from enjoying the very public space that the city is allegedly trying to promote.

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