Public space is more than the space between buildings. It is also where we rest and relax, where we meet friends, and where we are assured – whoever we might be – that we have a place. Often, in critical moments for democracy they are where rights are defended, as we saw in Istanbul’s Taksim Square in 2013. Cities across the UK are filled with buildings that will deny you entry or charge you for the privilege, but public spaces are where we should all feel welcome, regardless of our income, differences or desires. In Britain, where almost all land is privately held, public spaces are vital sanctuaries ...


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