The binary relationship of public and private cannot be maintained where privately operated shopping malls and gastronomies are a central factor in urban public life. This pseudo-public space is under private management; the rules of the house and security controls are determined by the managers. The Osmitza principle in the Italian-Slovenian frontier area, on the other, has turned the tables. Private space becomes public: Slovenian farmers open their private homes on weekends to serve local products.