The Spaces We AR (St Henri)

“… the privatisation of the public realm, through the growth of ‘private-public’ space, produces over controlled, sterile places which lack connection to the reality and diversity of the local environment, with the result that they all tend to look the same. They also raise serious questions about democracy and accountability. But perhaps most worrying of all are the effects on cohesion, battered by the creation of atomised enclaves of private space which displace social problems into neighbouring districts. This process enhances the ‘hot spot’/‘cold spot’ pattern which is already an entrenched part of the urban landscape” (The Privatisation of Public Space, Anna Minton).

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