Land Development Loophole
1:38 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Public Spaces That Appear Private

In some parts of Seattle and San Francisco, developers can build more densely than the law would typically allow if they build what's called a POPOS. That's a Privately-Owned, Public Open Space. It's kind of like a park, only it's not. There are stricter limits on what kind of behaviors will be tolerated. So exactly how public is this public amenity? Today on KUOW Presents, 99% Invisible producer Stephanie Foo tries to get kicked out of one of San Francisco's POPOS.

Seattle's POPOS can be difficult to find. So we've provided a map for you:

Map credit: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata's office

View Seattle's Privately Owned Public Spaces in a larger map

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