Occupying public space by K.A. Frank and T. Park

In the article the authors highlight the uses of physical space in reference to open spaces and  focused mostly on Zuccotti Park in New York city though mention was made of other spaces like in Spain, Egypt and Asia. I believe the main focus was New York because that is the closest space to the authors and they probably had first hand knowledge of the activities taking place there.

In my opinion, not enough emphasis was given to the unrest that took place in zuccotti park. The fact that the organizers were able to carry out peaceful political protests until the neighboring residents started complaining of the noise

was commendable. The article states that the assembly focused on nonhierarchical structure. This signifies that when circumstances demand, people do come together for a cause and can function on a level plane. It is noteworthy that they were organized, united, creative and supportive of the cause.

The environment started to deteriorate when unsavory characters started infiltrating the settlement. The article states that the park became divided and some people started feeling uncomfortable being in there. Mention was made that the homeless population and recently released prisoners started patronizing the community due to the fact that there was an abundance of free food and clothing. The major difference in Zuccotti park and the other occupy settlements was the security. The other parks screened people who entered whereas Zuccotti was open to all. The article did not mention the strain on the resources of the city but it is obvious when mention is made of the velocity of police officers deployed to try to maintain law and order to an extent.

by Gregona St.Hill

1 thought on “Occupying public space by K.A. Frank and T. Park

  1. Nora Almeida

    Good discussion of how the occupation of Zuccotti potentially impacted surrounding communities. What about the other 2 articles? Wish you integrated discussion of “cultural interventions” here and included more analysis of how the meaning and usage of space is negotiated.-NA


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