“But others see a Gilded Age instead, an echo of Conkling’s era in the reign of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with wide — and growing — disparities between lavish, showplace parks for the haves and cast-off parcels for the have-nots. For every Madison Square, Bryant Park or High Line, there are hundreds of parks that depend solely on the city, and many suffer from scandalous neglect.
“New York has created a two-tier parks system,” complains Geoffrey Croft, president of the watchdog group NYC Park Advocates. “One for the rich, the other for the poor.”
Is the push towards park funding and management coming through public-private partnerships, particularly in NYC, further symptomatic of the trend towards NYC (or just our urban areas) becoming a playground of the rich?
Money quote; “No other parks system in America relies as much on other people’s money.” And conservancy models can come with rich rewards, with some chairs earning multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Via Next American City (here)