Fighting for First Amendment rights is as popular a pastime as ever, but just because you can get on your soapbox doesn't mean anyone will be there to listen. Town squares have emptied out as shoppers decamp for the megamalls; gated communities keep pesky signature gathering activists away; even most internet chatrooms are run by the major media companies. Brave New Neighborhood sconsiders what can be done to protect and revitalize our public spaces.
Margaret Kohn is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. She is the author of Radical Spaces, and she has published articles in Dissent, Polity, Political Theory, Constellations, and IPSR.
"A very fine book... it raises profoundly important issues about the accessibility and availability of public space outside of corporate power and market relationships." - Jamin Raskin