Free tax money can be quite intoxicating.  Here is an example of what happens when the town center gets turned over to the private sector and “Billy the Bobby” is in charge of  enforcing the rules adopted by , in this case, the developer.  – Shu

From the Washington Post:
By Marc Fisher
Thursday, June 21, 2007; B01
In just seven years, the new downtown Silver Spring has become a bustling restaurant scene, a business center and a public gathering spot popular with all ages.Except maybe we should reconsider the “public” part.Chip Py, a longtime resident of Silver Spring, recently returned to an old interest in photography. While wandering through downtown after eating lunch there last week, he took out his camera and started to take shots of the contrast between the tops of the office buildings and the sparkling blue sky.

Within seconds, a private security guard was at Py’s side, informing him that picture-taking is not permitted, no explanation given.

“I am on a city street, in a public place,” Py replied. “Taking pictures is a right that I have, protected by the First Amendment.”

The guard sent Py to the management office of the Peterson Cos., the developer that built the new downtown. There, marketing official Stacy Horan told Py that although Ellsworth Drive — where many of the downtown’s shops and eateries are located — may look like a public street, it is actually treated as private property, controlled by Peterson. Read the whole story