Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience 1st Edition
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"The Introduction to Privately Owned Private Space is a history of New York City's attempts at planning and zoning beginning in 1916 and continuing to the present. The detail of the history is sharp while not talking down to the novice, and the politics is fascinating." (ArchitectureWeek.com, April 25, 2001)
"The book should also appeal to any enthusiast of urban spaces anywhere in the world, because the lessons learned in the "Big Apple" are applicable anywhere. This is a history book, an incredibly detailed map of the New York City, and a lesson in civics all rolled into one." (F.L. Andrew Padian, ArchitectureWeek.com)
"This long overdue collaborative effort among urban planning professor Jerold Kayden, New York City's Department of Planning, and the Municipal Art Society, and involving dozens of researchers, is one of the most important books to be published about New York City in years.... Along the same lines, in today's publishing environment, most commercial trade publishers would not likely be interested, and too many high-quality, general interest, New York City-related titles must vie for the limited resources of a few university presses or very small publishing houses that do not have the resources to take on this kind of project -- congratulations to John Wiley for publishing this book." (Bradley Beach Books, 9/01)
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PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC SPACE THE NEW YORK CITY EXPERIENCE
"Jerold Kayden has contributed to the renaissance of writing on New York City and its architecture of recent years an extraordinarily detailed and sensible account of the hundreds of open spaces that have sprouted around skyscrapers in the wake of the zoning reform of 1961. It is a remarkable book and every lover of New York City will want to consult it." NATHAN GLAZER, Professor of Sociology and Education Emeritus Harvard University
"This is an indispensable guide to New York City's 500-plus privately owned public spaces. The book's marathon undertaking is required reading for anyone interested in the history and development of modern New York." LAURIE BECKELMAN, Vice President, World Monuments Fund
"New York City has 40 years of experience in creating public spaces on private property through zoning. This book covers it allfrom sorry examples to brilliant successes. Other cities should learn from this experience." CON HOWE, Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles
- ASIN : 0471362573
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (October 23, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780471362579
- ISBN-13 : 978-0471362579
- Item Weight : 2.32 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.1 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In all cases, it means the space is open to all, meaning you don't need an employee pass or have to go through Security to enter. That some spaces are locked up in violation of the agreement should be no surprise. Unless you've read this book, there's essentially no way to know if you have the "right" to enter or not.
This is a classic New York solution: bizarre, convoluted and inefficiently enforced. But like everything else in New York, it works, adding to the fabulous livability reputation the city so deserves.
This book not only details the space, but also the agreements with the city, making it a hugely important document as time goes on and records are "forgotten". It's all here, in one well laid out, easy to read place.
You might think that a discussion of the law and history of publicly owned private spaces might appeal only to city planners, developers and lawyers. You would be wrong. It would be hard to find a more lucid and balanced discussion of what happens when politicians attempt to direct the course of urban development. Anyone interested in public policy will find this discussion illuminating.
The descriptions of the spaces in Part Two combine a critical examination of the architecture and design with a practical discussion of how well these spaces work or, in many cases, don't work. Anyone who lives in or visits New York City could spend a fascinating day visiting these spaces with this book in hand.