This doesn't go in general off-topic chit chat, cause it's on topic of photography. It doesn't go in general shop talk cause that seems to be for the biz folks. I'm not sure where else this goes. There's no "General Photography chitchat" forum, so I'll post it in here. Basically Photography is Banned in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland I should point out, for everyone else. Downtown Silver Spring used to be quite depressed, not a place to go and hang out. In the last five years, it has undergone a major revitalization. Much building and many new shops. It is now the place to go on any nice evening to eat, shop and just hang out on the 'fake grass'. $100 million of taxpayers money spent to revitalize this area and then the city gave control of it to a private corporation. The private corporation has now made a policy to ban cameras on the streets owned by them. Is this what tax dollars are for? To leverage funding to rebuild a downtown area only to sell the "product" to some private private company for a profit? Why do we even /pay/ taxes anymore? Our right to document our surroundings are being chipped away at an alarming rate. Why are people so scared about a device recording light anyway? Of course, while you can no longer capture that skyline, there are probably surveillance cameras tracking you all the time. Anyways, here's an HDR a friend took before he got booted off the area by the private corporation security guards who "own the public street": It's bit of a rant here, but it's justified I think. This is an important story. If a moderator wants to move it to an appropriate forum, feel free to do so. This was the best place I had.