Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SF unpublic public spaces (shoes, please...)

Nice to see the SF Chronicle honchos defending public access to ostensibly public spaces. They've been editorially backing architecture critic John King in his insistence on noticing certain zoning-mandated public areas of high-rise buildings. Areas whose managers are not deeply eager to have them noticed, let alone, used. King is, for example, irritated that the newer Federal Building's "Skygarden" terrace -- reportedly nice -- is reached through a security screening to the extent of shoe removal.

Odd, given the paper's abiding interest in chasing visibly poor members of the public out of public spaces. Who qualifies as "the public"?

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