Susser and Tonnelat’s article on the three urban
commons is both visionary and heartening. Its
counterpastoral polemic glorifies urban modes
of sociality and the forms of common property
fostered by urban life. The authors find in cities
communities of experience that cross class lines
and create inadvertent coalitions around shared
problems. They argue that specific components
of what has been called “the right to the city”
need to be understood as “commons”—collective
property that is neither fully public nor private
but shared by individuals as they go about
everyday life in urban settings.
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