Masters in Business

Dan Biederman, Remaking Public Spaces

Remaking public spaces with private help.

On this week’s Masters in Business radio podcast, I speak with public-private space expert Dan Biederman. You may not have heard of him, but his work likely influences more people than any guest we have had. He re-invented public spaces with private funding by developing a new model to optimally “program a park.”

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Manhattan's Bryant Park was dangerous and drug-infested. Biederman tells the story of how he was put in charge of reviving the park with backing from the Rockefeller family, a model he took elsewhere in the city, the state, nationally and overseas.


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