Occupy Wall Street is a potent reminder of the ancient civic ideal of public space, and how far we have drifted from it in the modern era.
"Imagine Zuccotti Park, one protester told me, as a Venn diagram of characters representing disparate political and economic disenchantments. The park is where their grievances overlap. It’s literally common ground." Posted in many sites, but since this article treats the important of place as its central point, it merits reposting. This article also situates the current protests within a deeper historical context as so many movements have 'taken to the streets.'