The Creation of the Urban Commons, by David Harvey

Creation of the Urban Commons – David Harvey’s ‘Rebel Cities’

Mapping The Commons

CHAPTER THREE of Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

The city is the site where people of all sorts and classes mingle, however reluctantly and agonistically, to produce a common if per­ petually changing and transitory life. The commonality of that life has long been a matter of commentary by urbanists of all stripes, and the compelling subject of a wide range of evocative writings and represen­ tations {in novels, films, painting, videos, and the like) that attempt to pin down the character of that life (or the particular character of life in a particular city in a given place and time) and its deeper meanings. And in the long history of urban utopianism, we have a record of all manner of human aspirations to make the city in a different image, more “after our heart’s desire” as Park would put it. The recent…

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