New York City, NY
Contributed by Project for Public Spaces
Security measures have overwhelmed the public spaces of New York's financial district.
The symbolic center of capitalism looks like it is under siege. Security measures intended to protect against terrorism have resulted in an armed camp mentality that serves no one. Of course security is necessary, but measures can be implemented successfully and subtly. As is, security barricades and vehicles are everywhere, giving the impression that Wall Street operates in a state of constant fear. The chaotic conditions are an embarrassment to the financial district and to New York as a whole. Better to cordon the area off from vehicles, which would create a pedestrian zone in the nation's most significant live-work district, a major destination showcasing the roots of American capitalism.