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Private to Public / Alan Plattus: Great Estates and the Creation of Parks

  • EDGERTON PARK 75 Cliff Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
 Alan Plattus, Yale Professor of Architecture & Urbanism 

Alan Plattus, Yale Professor of Architecture & Urbanism 

These days, many citizens and planners worry about the rampant privatization of public space in cities around the world.  Their concerns are well-founded, but should be set in the context of almost two centuries of creating significant public parks and other spaces, including nature preserves, through outright donation of,  or other forms of making available, private estates.  From the Royal Parks of London, to the U.S. National Park system, this unique form of public-spirited philanthropy has given us some of our most prized public spaces, such as Edgerton Park itself. Discussion to follow.