Private Sidewalk Is a Public Forum

January 2005
Planning;Jan2005, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p42
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the questions faced by municipalities pertaining to access to places of public assembly for purposes of exercising free speech rights. The problem is more grave when the municipal government has ceded control over public property to a private entity. Discussing the issue, the article points out that Cleveland's Gateway Sports Complex is a "traditional public forum" whose use for the purpose of sidewalks, soliciting, advertising, or protesting has been forbidden by the owners. Referral of a Supreme court jurisdiction defining the public forum is made in the article.


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