Minidoc - Community Greens - the new urban commons

Create social capital, improve neighborhoods, and enhance the environment through the creation of new urban commons and pocket neighborhoods

Author Kate Herrod

USA, Maryland, Baltimore

Authors Kate Herrod

Create social capital, improve neighborhoods, and enhance the environment through the creation of new urban commons and pocket neighborhoods

Strengths: Grass roots revitalization strategy that is powerful - and replicable - anywhere in the world at minimal expense.

Difficulties: It is relatively easy for neighbors to come together, create a vision for their backyard commons, remove their fencing, and create a common space for themselves. It is more challenging, from a legal perspective, to reclaim city property - such as alleys or other government facilities - but certainly not impossible. Realistic expectations and group effort will lead to success. This concept is ripe for real estate developers to adopt.

Extra information: If viewers are interested in creating these urban commons and pocket neighborhoods in their city, the non-profit citizen sector organization, Ashoka's Community Greens, is ready to help. Just email greens@ashoka.org.

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urbaninform at the North-South Forum Zürich April 22, 2012
Playlist: NORTH-SOUTH FORUM

Joint Venture: URBANINFORM and Onepointfive April 05, 2012
Playlist: 2012 onepointfive lead project
Platform: (6) onepointfive partnership

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