1st Edition

Brave New Neighborhoods The Privatization of Public Space

By Margaret Kohn Copyright 2004
    244 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Weapons of the Wobblies: The Street Speaking Fights Chapter Three: The Public Forum Doctrine Chapter Four: The Mauling of Public Space Chapter Five: God, Caesar, and the Constitution Chapter Six: Brave New Neighborhoods Chapter Seven: Battery Park City Chapter Eight: Homeless Free Zones: Three Critiques Chapter Nine: Conclusion: Public Goods and Public Space Chapter Ten: Afterward: No Central Park in Cyberspace


    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