Teaching Case - Post Office Square Park (Sequel)

Post Office Square Park (Sequel)


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  • Product Description

    City parks are traditionally viewed by economists as public goods-assets whose benefits are so widely shared that only government has both the means and the motive to finance them. This case tells the story of what might seem to be a counter-example: the construction of a major new pocket park in downtown Boston largely financed through private contributions.

    Learning Objective:
    This microeconomics case allows for a wide-ranging discussion of the public good concept. It forces students to confront those factors which motivated private finance to get involved in the construction of Post Office Square Park and to consider whether their actions somehow challenge the notion of the public good.


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    Publication Date: January 1, 1993
    HKS Case Number: 1231.1
    Case Author: Esther Scott
    Faculty Lead: Jose Gomez-Ibanez
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 8
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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