Is Nickels Arcade a Public Street?

11 Mar

Thousands of students walk through this arcade every day. Do they ever wonder if this “walking path” between the shops in this covered arcade is actually privately owned or does it belong to the public? It makes a big difference if it is public. Any person can use a public street as long as they don’t break any law inside. But if it’s not public, the owner has the right to not let anyone they don’t want to be in, for example homeless people or street performers. We want more public street in a democratic city.

nickels arcade – 326 south state st, ann arbor, michigan – 2:29pm, jan 4, 2012

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2 Responses to “Is Nickels Arcade a Public Street?”

  1. John Walsh March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I’ve certainly never thought of that, but I definitely agree that walkways like this one should be public!

    • kam March 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      Totally! People don’t realize that they lose many “public” streets in a big development in a city.

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