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New York & London combat privatization of public spaces

Officials in New York and London have announced legislation to regulate privately owned public spaces, also called POPS.

In London, mayor Sadiq Khan is planning to implement a charter governing the “rights and responsibilities” of POPS’ owners and users. Without such a charter, security guards can prevent members of public from holding protests or taking pictures. This, for example, is the case with City Hall right now, which is owned by the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Kuwait.

New York also wants to hold local landlords accountable for their POPS, now demanding additional signage in all POPS areas, and a website on which people can find information and register complaints.

 

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