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“Is Public Space a Public Good? A synopsis of Mark Kingwell’s public lecture”

February 25, 2013

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.”

The Skinny

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.

Full article here.

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