URBAN DESIGN COMMITTEE

OPEN SPACE

Public space, open or enclosed, is precious in New York City.  How can it be increased, designed and maintained to be useful, equitably distributed, and not usurped or privatized?

The image is from the New York Times of 31 March 1918.  It shows Central Park crowded with many of the improvements that, over time, had been proposed for it.

We have studied, with other civic groups ways in which the privatization of POPS might be resisted.  More recently we have considered whether the future of Governors Island should emphasize open space or development.

POPS Privately Owed Public Space  (2 June 2016)

Governors Island: What Does It Want To Be  (24 Dec 2020)

Our opinion is that Governor’s Island is most valuable as open space, providing a destination for passive and active recreation complementing the historic buildings and cultural activities.  (Read the statement.)

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