Hacker News author John M. Leggett , who has written for many publications, including The Atlantic and The New Yorker, recently shared an article on Hacker News that explains how to use the fictional park mall of Chicago as a real park.
Legett used his experience as a mall employee to make the point that park use was often not as safe as we’d like to believe, and that we need to make sure we don’t do the same thing to our parks.
“The real park malls don’t offer the luxury of being completely open for everyone to visit.
There are always people who want to use them, who want a bit of privacy, and a bit more privacy, but the real parks are full of people, so there’s not a lot of privacy to be had,” Leggetts post explains.
“And if you’re an employer, if you think you might have to deal with this, don’t worry about it, because they’re full of park employees.”
Leggets’ post was met with a lot more discussion on Hacker and elsewhere in the Hacker community.
“I think the best thing you can do with this is to keep the park open.
There’s always going to be people who need to use it, and it can be frustrating to see people use it all the time,” wrote one user.
“A few of the comments have been positive, and some of the responses have been helpful.”
One commenter, who goes by the name of “Titan,” commented, “This is the kind of post that can help make a difference in how parks are treated in the future.”
Leger, however, said he has a different response to those who believe that park facilities are unsafe.
“If you’re just thinking of going to a park to watch the sun rise, or you want to take a nap, or even just have a quiet day at the park, the park will be fine for you.
I have lived in a lot places where parks were a real nightmare, and I have always been glad that I went there when I needed to, and even now, even with the parks we have, I don’t think there’s anything to fear,” he said.
“In fact, the worst thing you’re going to do is think of using parks in a negative way.”
Legets post has received over 4,000 upvotes and over 3,000 comments.