“Is Public Space a Public Good? A synopsis of Mark Kingwell’s public lecture”
Katie Stowe has put together a synopsis for the Vancouver Public Space Network blog of what was “an inspired, fascinating, and complex exploration of issues around public space.”
Kingwell kicked of his presentation by delivering a plot-spoiler. The answer is: No. Straight up. Public space is not a public good. Perhaps contrary to popular belief? I’m not sure, but I had the impression that I wasn’t the only surprised attendee, a newbie amidst a sea what seemed to be a sea of urbanism experts. Kingwell’s reasons behind the negative response are multifaceted and complicated – and I’ll do my best to give you my (admittedly) non-philosophers take on them.