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Reclaiming the Public Realm

A city’s public realm – its streets, parks and open spaces – is “the defining characteristic signifying the extent to which a city values all its residents,” according to renowned planner Kevin Lynch. A recent wave of redevelopment in New York is generating new public spaces on the waterfront and in former industrial areas. Gordon J. Davis, partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, will introduce this keynote event on Reclaiming the Public Realm. Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, and Eloise Hirsh, administrator at Freshkills Park, will each speak about their projects and examine issues of ownership and a shared stake in the city’s public realm at a time when diverse cultures, civic interaction and openness often compete with privatization, consumerism and private financing. * photo credit: Alison Cartwright