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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world! This week we bring you a list of car-filled places that should be car-free, some musing about the relationship between cities and their transit maps, and an assortment of other public space goodies. Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street Space as Sacred Space

What makes a public space sacred? In the case of Occupy Wall Street, it is human aspiration—members from almost every strata of society striving to improve the collective status quo—combined with an overt generosity of spirit.

This sacred-ness is quite palpable. Various faith-based groups have heeded its pull. Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Native Americans, and Christians alike have been inspired to collectively observe and demonstrate their religious convictions within the political and very public context of Occupy Wall Street.

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The Domestic Side of Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street is a revelatory expression of discontent through non-violent, grassroots means.

Occupy Wall Street has been in effect for over a month now, spurring replication in other cities and growing support here in New York City.

Occupy Wall Street is bringing a whole new demographic to Lower Manhattan—a neighbourhood where the dress code from 9 to 5 is corporate formal and improvisation is scarce.

Occupy Wall Street’s existence is made possible by the rare presence of public open space in the Financial District, a part of Manhattan whose origins pre-date New York City Zoning laws.

Occupy Wall Street is also the very successful domesticization of a public space.

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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from around the world. This week we bring you an American town restricting cyclists and pedestrians on some of its roads, three keys to creating great “good places”, protests and the power of place, and finding space to add space in Brazil’s favelas.

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