When Parks Are Too Successful

New York magazine pretty much shatters the image of New York’s Central Park as an oasis of calm in that hypercharged city (http://nymag.com/guides/summer/2008/47976/). “The current situation is a New York City case study of the economic phenomenon known as the tragedy of the commons, whereby a shared resource is, inevitably, overexploited,” writes Gabriel Sherman. So what’s to be done to return some balance in such situations? Right now, it’s bordering on a not-so-civil war.

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