Edward Schneier, Antoinette Pole, and Anthony Maniscalco
Published by Cornell University Press
New York Politics examines aspects of state government that are often hidden in the secret sessions of the parties’ legislative conferences: the closed-door budget; a complicated array of opaque agencies, authorities, and local governments; and a campaign finance system that lacks transparency. New York is unique among the American states in the existence of regional and demographic divisions, making it difficult to govern. Edward V. Schneier, Antoinette Pole, and Anthony Maniscalco bring clarity and understanding to the politics of the Empire State.
Link to Cornell University Press: http://bit.ly/40RpSBZ
PUBLIC SPACES, MARKETPLACES, AND THE CONSTITUTION: Shopping Malls and the First Amendment
Published by SUNY Press
In spite of their public attractions and millions of visitors, most shopping malls are now off-limits to free speech and expressive activity. The same may be said about many other public spaces and marketplaces in American cities and suburbs, leaving scholars and other observers to wonder where civic engagement is lawfully permitted in the United States.
Link to SUNY Press: http://bit.ly/3HR1mIh
My recent article about “Little Island” and a call to policy makers, to build public spaces…publicly!
GUEST EDITORIAL IN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Don’t make Times Square square
What Michael Bloomberg hath wrought, could Elmo, Spiderman and a bunch of desnudas put asunder?
It was our former mayor who looked over the chaos of Times Square — where cars and pedestrians messily clashed — and transformed it into one of the city’s great public spaces for hanging out, rather than speeding through, a blocks-long pedestrian-friendly plaza made of tables and chairs.
Despite loud protests by the taxi industry, car owners, delivery trucks and some local businesses fearing the unknown, Bloomberg and his transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, dug in and succeeded in creating the plaza, which has since been replicated in Herald Square and other parts of the city.