Adam Greenfield re: importance of “public space”

Specifically, why he thinks creating, maintaining and actually using it is so important, from either the individual or the collective point of view.

To wit;

At the most basic level, if a city isn’t furnished with a well-developed fabric of public spaces of different sizes and shapes and types, there is no place to simply be if you are not actively consuming. You never understand quite what this implies — just how stark and uncomfortable an urban environment can be, no matter how well-appointed otherwise — until you visit someplace where such a nightmare endstate is enacted intentionally and literally…We need to develop meaningful ways for people to use the city when they don’t have so much as a penny to their name, and public space can do this“.

Via recent post Public space, civilization and the self (long) over at his blog Speedbird.

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