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New York City's Bryant Park Was a Hot Mess. Then It Was Privatized.

Added 12-08-21 02:21:03pm EST - “People want "public" rather than "private." Public is?free, right? Wide open. Sharing. Available to everyone. All good things. "Private" is?selfish,...” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “New York City's Bryant Park Was a Hot Mess. Then It Was Privatized.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

But then why do the words "public toilet" make me cringe? I think: dirty, smelly, ugly, maybe dangerous.

I know because I watch tourists stare at the long line of people waiting to use a public toilet near my office in Manhattan.

Two attendants clean the bathrooms 30 times a day, and the bathrooms are furnished with flowers and paintings. Speakers play classical music.

This is a huge difference from 37 years ago, when Bryant Park was filled with vagrants and trash. It was then that urban redeveloper Dan Biederman managed to persuade city politicians to let him try to run the park.

"It's just another element, along with flowers, recessed lighting, and artwork, that makes people think they're going to be safe," says Biederman in my new video.

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