After studying the public spaces of New York City, I developed this system of six categories to record and analyze Midtown's existing network of public spaces and privately owned public spaces (POPS).
The labels 'public space' and 'private space' do not effectively define all types urban space, so I added a third label in my research called 'collective space.' Collective spaces can host the same social and cultural activities that public spaces do, but at a price. These spaces subject people to additional rules, advertisements, or financial barriers.
To better understand existing public spaces, this classification system sorts them into six categories. These categories are built on the basis of enclosure, but additional charactaristics are added to each, making this particular version specific to Midtown, Manhattan.
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