The End of Public Space?People's Park, Definitions of the Public, and Democracy

  title={The End of Public Space?People's Park, Definitions of the Public, and Democracy},
  author={Don Mitchell},
  journal={Annals of The Association of American Geographers},
  • D. Mitchell
  • Published 1 March 1995
  • Sociology
  • Annals of The Association of American Geographers
Abstract The nature of public space in contemporary society is changing. This paper uses the turmoil over People's Park in Berkeley, California, as a means for exploring changing ideas about and practices in public space. I argue that as public space is increasingly privatized or otherwise brought under greater control, possibilities for democratic action are minimized. To make this claim, I provide a brief outline of the roots of the August 1991 riots at People's Park. I then examine the role… 
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