Putting aside the legal and constitutional issues that have been the focus of the Zuccotti debate, design really can help balance the competing imperatives of openness and order. And in fact Zuccotti Park’s particular design manages this relatively well—it certainly can’t be faulted for having made the recent situation any worse. — The New York Observer
In light of the recent attention paid to the concept of POPS and the struggle over the usage rights of public space, Thomas Balsley (one of the foremost landscape architects in NYC, who happens to have designed more Privately Owned Public Spaces, than anyone else) shared his thoughts on the vital importance of POPS to the urban fabric of the city. He also opines on what their future should hold. Finally, Balsley hopes that rather than turning POPS into a scapegoat the recent controversy surrounding POPS will serve to focus the attention of designers, policy makers and the public on the need for NYC to "to create a new and more innovative kind of public space to do what POPS can’t."