Taking our right place on the streets and in parks. Establishing and defending community gardens. Fighting to protect our air and water. Being an urban environmental group means that a common thread runs through the things we do: reclaiming public space.
Across America and throughout the world, public spaces and public resources are being sold to big businesses. New York in particular is being hit very hard. In our park system we see more fences, more private enterprises, more restrictions, and a new law prohibiting more than twenty people from assembling without a permit. Our streets, of course, are dominated by cars. Even one of our most precious resources — water — is being lost to privatization. In Bergen County, New Jersey, a multi-national company has bought up the water supply and the watershed. Already, they’ve appropriated the watershed — an area meant to be left undeveloped to protect the water — to build houses and apartment complexes.
TIME’S UP! is part of the ongoing struggle to resist these encroachments. For years TIME’S UP! has supported a community-based
environmental perspective on public space, and helped defend public spaces from private takeover. Campaigns such as
- Auto-Free Streets and Parks,
- Critical Mass,
- Memorial Protests for Pedestrians, and
- Reclaim the Streets,continue to send a strong message. We also work to ensure that
the city’s greenways are completed on schedule, and that they remain open and fully accessible upon completion.
- Check out our Eco-Updates from New York City 2003 video to see footage of TIME’S UP! campaigns to protect public space.