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Adding Barricades, and Trying to Avoid the Feel of a Fortress

WHILE most eyes were focused last month on the fortification of Madison Square Garden for the Republican National Convention, one of the more aggressive occupations of public space in the name of private security occurred just north of Times Square. Morgan Stanley ringed its headquarters at 1585 Broadway, between 47th and 48th Streets, with 41 dark gray, eight-foot-long concrete planter tubs and 16 cylindrical planters. At some places, the tubs are barely more than one foot apart. Taken together, they have transformed about 700 feet of sidewalk into a forbidding penlike enclosure. At the corners, tubs are arrayed diagonally across the walkway, communicating – however inadvertently – that passers-by are approaching a private and potentially dangerous zone. Full Story

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