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After reading the three reading by Cahill, Fallen Fruit, and Eisenberg, I believe it’s challenging to imagine cities with a culture of participatory sharing in which public space is utilized to serve the public literally. Our society is not built on sharing. We live in a culture where it’s important to define what’s “your.” Unfortunately, people are going to have a prejudice against one another. For example, in Cahill reading, you have two testimonies that demonstrate how the police stop you for no reason. Alternatively, how the police explain it as “you look suspicious” or you look like, you’ve been doing bad things.”

Among Zuccotti Park, you run into the contradiction that it’s a privately owned public space. Eisenberg article focused on the value of the First Amendment and how it can be overlooked when it comes to public spaces. For example, the court case in 1968 about the privately owned shopping mall and the picket line. The court decided that no First Amendment claim could be pursued since the shopping mall was privately owned.

Fallen fruit article display how people can come together. It’s sad how you have fruits rotting in the streets meanwhile you have people starving. If only we lived in a culture that appreciated nature more, we would have a different narrative. One comment that shocked me from the reading was when the women asked how much the jam was. When she was told the jam was free, she stepped back with some distrust, as if it suddenly had less value. If our society were taught to put the differences aside maybe, we would be able to participatory sharing in which public space is utilized to serve the public. However, until then I believe we can’t.

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According to the three reading they share the same concept that the use of space is negotiated. For the authors of, “Occupying Public Space, 2011” Franck and Huang describe how Zuccotti Park was a space of negotiation. Since the park had to be accessible to the public 24/7 authority couldn’t remove the protester. But negotiation took place when the residents complained about the sound of the drummer coming from the park. That eventually lead the community broad to restrict the certain period of the day the noise to having it only twice a day for two hours. The protester had the power to redefine the usage of the public space. For example, the article stated that “After the fire department removed the generators, it was in this area that volunteers rode two stationary bicycles to generate electricity.” Spaces around us are subject to changes. Golan expressed that idea when stating, “The spaces we move through in our daily life are constantly telling us stories about “how to behave” or “who we are” within that space.” As people use the space it defines the occupancy. But the occupancy is something that can change by on how society wants to use the space.