A Yale Prof: Charge Landowners Rent
|November 1, 2013||Posted by Staff under Good Press|
This 2013 excerpt of CityLand, July 16, is by Alexander Garvin, Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management at Yale University and President & CEO of AGA public Realm Strategists.
Owners tried to protect their property by erecting planters, bollards, and other obstructions to easy access to their buildings. Thereby property owners have taken possession of substantial amounts of public sidewalk (which they do not own). It has become difficult for the increased numbers of pedestrians to pass through supposedly public space quickly and conveniently.
Property owners have appropriated public property for private use. In exchange for taking this property, they should pay rent to the City of New York. The payment to the city should be equal to the average price per square foot that they are charging in rent to building occupants.
Once private owners have to pay for using public property, they will begin to eliminate planters and bollards that are not needed to provide security to building occupants. More important, the public will either regain the benefit of the open space it paid for by allowing added noise, traffic, and density to city streets and sidewalks or enjoy the cash payments they have earned by allowing private use of public space by building owners.