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A Matchmaker for New York's Privately Owned Public Spaces

A year after Occupy Wall Street, Jerold Kayden is on a mission to convince skyscraper owners that their plazas can be better.
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You may not realize it, but Midtown Manhattan is full of public spaces. Every plaza and arcade you see in front of a towering office building? That belongs to you. Sort of.

In 1961, New York City made a deal with skyscraper developers that ushered in an era of sheer-walled buildings. The city agreed to relax a 1916 requirement that buildings of a certain height needed to employ staggered vertical growth (inset) to let light and air into the streets.