Private Ownership of Public Space

Recently, with the opening of the largest new public spaces in London for many years at Kings Cross, there has been some debate about whether it is a good or bad thing that some spaces which appear to be public are, in fact, owned and controlled by the private sector.

I have views and thoughts on this; why it has happened and what the implications are but I am not going to go into detail here. I just want to show this photo of someone I recently saw who was protesting outside a Barclays bank because he felt that he had been cheated and no one was treating him fairly.

He wouldn’t be allowed to make this one-man-stand in a privately owned space (and some public ones come to that) and I think that it is important that people are allowed to peacefully make their point if they feel they have been unfairly treated and no one of influence wants to help. If we stop this we have to ask what,exactly, are we frightened of?Image

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