What are the Really Free Market Signs made of?

Yesterday I was walking around Carrboro and Chapel Hill checking out the local candidates yards signs. Amongst all the political signs I noticed a sign not advertising a campaign. They were apparently home made signs letting us know about the Really Free Market, a "free event, where all are encouraged to give, receive, and create on their own terms."

I got closer to admire the hand cut spray paint stencil lettering, just as I would with a painting to determine its technique. Then I noticed behind the thinly painted white background was another sign. It was a school board candidate's yard sign repurposed! Knowing this I looked closer at more Really Free Market signs and noticed that other candidates yards signs had been altered this way too.



Very eloquent statement Michal! I've been trying to figure out how to respond to this thread.

I'll second your points and call for more substantial discussion of the issues of privatization of community space.

Is it fair to reffer to CMM as part of the "incessant privitazation of EVERYTHING"? To my knowledge, Carr Mill, and the CMM have always BEEN privately owned...therefore they can't be privatized.

One book that may be a worthwhile read for those interested in the CMM dancing ban mess and the RRFM issue is Privately Owned Public Spaces by Jerold Kayden. I have not read the book, but heard Kayden speak about its contents in 2002.

New York City has a long history of private spaces functioning as public commons, and has a long history of battles over their provision, acceptable uses therein, and management. I imagine this book probably touches on many of the issues in play in both the CMM and RRFM discussions.

Another good resource is the Project for Public Places



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