Have You Seen This Man?

Art vendors in Union Square on Saturday were protesting a proposal by the Bloomberg administration to slash their numbers by as much as 75 percent. Most had small yellow signs taped to their tables that said “Artist Power,” but one vendor got especially creative:

The sign is reminiscent of the debate over Bloomberg’s successful push to extend term limits last year.

There has long been tension between the public’s right to use “public space” and the government’s power to administer that space. I wrote about what some call the “privatization” of public space–a trend encouraged by the government–in an article for City Hall last year.