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 10, 2015

It's reasonable for public space facilities to charge "for profit" space users more money to rent the space

Apparently Neal Schon of Journey who married Michaele Salahi of Real Housewives of DC fame is suing the City of San Francisco because they were charged more money ($240,000) than originally quoted ($58,000) to rent the Palace of Fine Arts for their wedding service and reception, which they then broadcast on pay-per-view.

I don't see any problem in charging the couple more than the standard rate for wedding rental, since they were using public space for pecuniary and private gain. Although they seem to have been charged more than the "standard" for profit rates listed on the rental schedule, which probably needs to be updated in terms of a three-tiered schedule (nonprofit and personal rates, businesses, and people/businesses charging people using the space).

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