“Public” private property

Interesting story via Boing Boing about the privatization of Silver Spring, Maryland’s downtown area. Note the parallels to some of the conversations we have had in Charlottesville along similar veins.

But Elrich says Peterson insists on treating downtown Silver Spring as if it were an indoor mall. They set and enforce rules that would never pass legal muster on a public street. Political candidates have been stopped from handing out fliers. And photographers such as Py are regularly stopped and told to move along.

Privatizing the Downtown Mall
Charges against Rich Collins dropped
Who will pay the property taxes?

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