Locally-based commons build the “social wealth” of our communities. It is therefore important to create and maintain an independent business sector, inviting public spaces, local agricultural initiatives, and other vital community systems.
A three-acre wasteland on the South Side of Chicago is now an urban oasis. (Photo courtesy of Eden Place)
Universities and hospitals support local initiatives in Detroit's Midtown neighborhoods, such as the Summer in the City program held at Wayne State University. (Photo by Summer in the City under a Creative Commons license.)