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"Just because a place is public doesn't mean everyone feels welcomed there. Black and white friends are having completely different experiences in the city's urban core."
— Lauren Hood, equitable development strategist and native Detroiter
No single text can create a public. Nor can a single voice, a single genre, or even a single medium. All are insufficient to create the kind of reflexivity that we call a public, since a public is understood to be an ongoing space of encounter for discourse. It is not texts themselves that create publics, but the concatenation of texts through time. Only when a previously existing discourse can be supposed, and a responding discourse be postulated, can a text address a public.
— Michael Warner, Publics and Counterpublics
Through monuments, we attempt to control evocation. It is through them that we try to turn our present into a permanent past.
—Paul Ramirez Jonas, Every Public Has A Form