CITIES ARE COMING UP WITH MORE CREATIVE WAYS TO GET RID OF YOU

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Public spaces are like all you can eat buffets:  the spaces are actually only as open and public as the authorities will permit them to be, sort of like how once you enter your third hour at the buffet, the owner’s going to start standing behind your chair and clearing his throat, regardless of how much stomach capacity you have left.  Which means that you usually get about twenty minutes on that park bench before a security guard comes along to suggest you “move along, buddy, this ain’t a Starbucks.”  Or, this being 2018, a robot buzzes over to beam your photo into a facial-recognition database while warming up its tasers. CITIES ARE COMING UP WITH MORE CREATIVE WAYS TO GET RID OF YOU