Enclosures of Public Spaces and Infrastructure
From: Think Like a Commoner
The city is one of the most fiercely contested arenas for market enclosures. Public squares, parks, walkways, sports arenas and the very face and identity of a city are being taken over by a cozy alliance of corporations, politicians, developers and professional architects and planners. “Development” and “progress” are the watchwords — or perhaps more accurately, PR codewords — for the supremacy of corporate needs and market growth over all else.
David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar who has studied the commons as a transformative paradigm for fifteen years. He is co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group, co-director of the Commons Law Project, and a frequent speaker and strategy advisor. Bollier is an author and editor of six books on different aspects of the commons, including Green Governance, The Wealth of the Commons and Viral Spiral. He blogs at www.Bollier.org and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.