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Geographies of Public Space
Geographies of public space

Philosophers, scholars, and academics throughout the ages have pondered the connections between society and public space. One usually thinks of public space as various manifestations of the built environment, such as public squares, parks, sidewalks, streets, and open air markets. Truly great public spaces are dynamic places where the many functions of community life occur and where people feel a sense of ownership and connectedness to each other (Whyte, 1980). Historically, the term public space has meant many different things to different people in different places. To the ancient Greeks, public space was known as the agora. These were political and commercial open areas where citizens could buy and sell their goods and hear political statements made by ...

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