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Blurred Lines: Homelessness & the Increasing Privatization of Public Space

Seattle University School of Law, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, 2016

36 Pages Posted: 11 May 2016 Last revised: 20 May 2016

Alex Glyman

Seattle University School of Law

Sara Rankin

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: May 6, 2016

Abstract

Downtown areas are a vital port for social services, human contact, the exercise of free speech, employment, food, and other necessary resources; however, visibly poor people are increasingly shut out as laws and policies increasingly restricts access to these core spaces. Business improvement districts (BIDs) have significant influence on the creation and enforcement of laws that regulate downtown public space. BIDs wield significant political and economic power; they can also effectively deputize citizens to act as a form of private security with broad authority and discretion to enforce these spatial regulations. This brief examines the increasing privatization of public space, the role of BIDs in this process, and the impact on visibly poor people.

Keywords: business improvement district, tourism, economic, criminalization, homeless, BID, lobbying, public space, private space

Suggested Citation

Glyman, Alex and Rankin, Sara, Blurred Lines: Homelessness & the Increasing Privatization of Public Space (May 6, 2016). Seattle University School of Law, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776876 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2776876

Alex Glyman

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

Sara Rankin (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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