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Great Commons of the World

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Type: Working Paper
Author: McGinnis, Kari
Date: 2001
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4096
Sector: Global Commons
Subject(s): commons
common pool resources
Abstract: "The best commons are hubs of city life where there's always something going on. Activities are the basic building blocks of a commons, Kent says. They're what draws people and what brings them back. Outdoor cafes provide a chance for people-watching, a favorite common-space activity. Public markets and other food-centered activities are good attractions, too, and people love to sit near fountains and touch the water. Seating, Kent has found, is critical. Movable chairs are particularly appealing, but permanent benches in the right spots can dramatically improve a visitor's experience. "The great commons are also highly visible and easy to get to not just by car, but on foot, by bicycle, and by public transit. This quality gives a community a convenient connection to its public places and makes it easy for people to circulate within them. The most successful commons are on the way to popular destinations and are destinations themselves."

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