Public Space and Waste

The discussion from the text explores the problems with cultural diversity when oppositional  forces divide public space . The question as to peaceful protest and whether or not the right to public space is infringed upon by one group or  sector of the greater society sparks an interesting debate. Rights to public space appear to become blurred when the space becomes occupied by one particular group. The homeless park at Berkeley was identified in the article. If you make the public space your home do you have more rights to be there than others.

Public space is where we must protest and if pushed even private spaces. For example, the private businesses that adhered to Jim Crow laws required public protest for the battle ground was on their properties…water fountains, restrooms and lunch counters for example. Parks, for example, with the #youstink protests are more common venues for large public protests. Globally the larger areas of public space are most frequently the canvas for launching protest…China’s Tienimum Square, Capital Hill Mall and large open spaces in every large city. The success of the protest requires that the venue be central to those who are seeking followers for a movement. As far as the horrific violent images fro Beirut during the protest , one must assume by the violent outbreak that passions were running very high on all sides of the protest. Police intervention when heavy handed always turns to violence and public harm.. history substantiates this premise as true.

4 thoughts on “Public Space and Waste

  1. Interesting example using the Jim Crow laws public protests. In America we are lucky to be able to publicly protests, with less boundaries and less violent interactions with the police. In Lebanon the government is very weak, so I am assuming that the police intervene when they feel like it… the government may not be ordering them to do the interventions. Whether or not the right to public space is infringed upon by one group does spark an interesting debate… I think that this needs to be discussed more in class because I am not sure where I would start the debate.


  2. The example boycotting private businesses that used the Jim Crow laws make a ton of sense. It’s very difficult to look at things happening in the present and dissect them. There will always be conflict at a protest although hopefully not too extreme. If there was no conflict there would be no protest so it is odd to think that these demonstrations will be totally calm. This is in no way advocating for violence but realistically, with so many people protesting on both sides something is bound to happen. But the venue where one will protest also depends on the issue the people have.


  3. It was brought up in the class discussion that not only do public and private spaces exist, but there exists a third category and that is government space. While I understand that this mostly applies to top secret compounds and other things that are better off kept private, I would like to make the caveat that most government space is public space…or at least it should be. The government is a structure that the public created in order to maintain itself. The government is by the people, for the people, and should work for the people. In this sense, the right to assembly and the right to protest should be allowed anywhere that is considered a government space. The thing that is scary about this is that The United States is quickly becoming the United Corporations and with this transition we see a rise in the influence of companies on society. This threatens the idea of public and government space considering many government officials, entities, and policies can be purchased. And if our very government is owned by corporations, what does that do to our freedom?


    • Corporate and government expansion in all aspects of shared public or private space continue to diminish. Even on public college campuses the encroachment of private enterprise and dollar exchanges occur. Even at the grade and middle school levels Verizon and AT&T setup lucrative deals to place reception towers on playgrounds and roof tops. Encroachment at every level… Time Square ….public space….corporate barrage of media exposure in this space. Sports venues also are now more than ever corporate sponsored and controlled ownership of the space. …Staples Center prime example. Our capitalist approach to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness depends on expansion to new markets and spaces…public or otherwise.


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