Whose city is it anyway?

8February 19, 2012

A thought-provoking new book uncovers the power struggle between residents and the planning authorities that has raged for decades.

By Esther Zandberg

The photos are recognizable from everyday life. In one corner of a public park, boys are getting ready for a ball game, setting up goals and marking off territory that strangers should not dare approach. In other corners, large groups gather for birthday parties or family picnics and mark off a patch of grass with flags and balloons. Others light barbecues under the trees despite the signs warning against doing so.

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