The New York Times > New York Region > Keeping Great Crowds Off Central Park's Great Lawn
New York chooses pretty grass over social democracy.
This happened in 1850, folks. In Bristol and London and Birmingham they justified it on religious principles. Keep the working men at prayer instead of drinking on the park and rioting. Sell tickets to the green spaces so that only respectable workers can take their families there. Subtext: then we can avoid that nasty 1848 continental revolution business here in green England.
We have a lot to look forward to.