Thursday, February 24, 2005

Commercialization of public space, chapter next

First it was the legislature suggesting that SEPTA sell naming rights to its major stations (such as Suburban) to raise short-term funds. Now John Street is proposing that we sell the name of the PA Convention Center and use the money for arts and cultural funding. On the one hand, I have nothing staked on the current vanilla names. On the other hand, (a) it's a very short-term infusion of funds for causes that need more substantial support, and (b) are we going to turn into a sort of Bladerunner culture, with neon and commercials on every facade? Dunno, just seems unnerving because of the multiple suggestions, I suppose.


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