The Public Interest

The American public space

J. B. Jackson

Winter 1984

THOSE of us old enough to remember what America was like a half century ago have lived through a significant but largely unnoticed development in our landscape. By that I mean not the growth of our cities but a development that came about largely as a consequence of that growth: the great increase in the number and variety of public places all over the nation.

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