Trinity Wall Street, one of NY's largest landlords, has been described as a real estate company with an altar. The church and the OWS movement, evicted from the "public" space at Zuccotti Park, have become embroiled in a fight over some unoccupied space owned by Trinity near Wall Street that shows no signs of abating.
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And some interesting observations on the deeper need for real public space from Donna Schaper:
We clergy were all somewhat skeptical of the demand for public space. You could hear the ministerial, rabbinical hrumph,hrumph in the room. (Most of us had never occupied Zucotti Park and a downward trend in temperature wasn’t going to improve on that.) But the occupiers edged toward the theological as they articulated a need for communal, inspirational, face-to-face contact in which they could “appear” to one another.
Secondly, they talked about the nearly complete privatization of municipal public space in a way that made a deep and tragic sense. Where can you go if you don’t own something? Does a public even exist if it has no space? The great irony is that they have been called the virtual demonstration, and here they were talking about old-fashioned, in-person, human interaction.