Protecting Public Space by Banishing People

Here is the latest in Jeff Zupan’s photo series on security barricades and their effect on New York City street life:

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Penned-in pedestrians on Wall Street across from the New York Stock Exchange
(Photo: Jeff Zupan)

  • This picture alone would be sufficient reason for the Stock Exchange to move across to Jersey or up to Midtown. What’s the use of being in a dense urban area if you can’t enjoy walking around it.

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