Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As a for profit industry, prisons must be pretty good

If the correctional facilities operating company Geo Group is paying Florida Atlantic University for the naming rights for the university's football stadium.

See "FAU sells stadium naming rights to for-profit prison operator" from USA Today and "A Company That Runs Prisons Will Have Its Name on a Stadium" from the New York Times.  The school gets $500,000 year for the next 12 years from the deal.

If that doesn't call into question naming rights, privatization, the public realm, civitas, etc., I don't know what does. And of course, it has. See "Students and activists protest the GEO Group's stadium naming rights" from University Press, the FAU student publication.

cf. "Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal" from CNN and "At a Halfway House, Bedlam Reigns" from the New York Times.

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