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Public-Private Conflict Over Philadelphia’s Public Spaces

The Legal Intelligencer

April 27, 2009

By: Rebecca E. Johnson, Esq.

The look, feel, and energy of Philadelphia’s public spaces reflect who we are. These public spaces – everything from the sidewalk to the skyline – belong to everyone, yet are owned by no one. It’s in these shared spaces that a growing tug-of-war is emerging between public and private interests, a conflict over using our shared, public spaces for private gain.