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9780262539982

Co-Cities Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities

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  • ISBN13:

    9780262539982

  • ISBN10:

    0262539985

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-12-13
  • Publisher: The MIT Press

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A new model of urban governance, mapping the route to a more equitable management of a city’s infrastructure and services.

The majority of the world’s inhabitants live in cities, but even with the vast wealth and resources these cities generate, their most vulnerable populations live without adequate or affordable housing, safe water, healthy food, and other essentials. And yet, cities also often harbor the solutions to the inequalities they create, as this book makes clear. With examples drawn from cities worldwide, Co-Cities outlines practices, laws, and policies that are presently fostering innovation in the provision of urban services, spurring collaborative economies as a driver of local sustainable development, and promoting inclusive and equitable regeneration of blighted urban areas.

Identifying core elements of these diverse efforts, Sheila R. Foster and Christian Iaione develop a framework for understanding how certain initiatives position local communities as key actors in the production, delivery, and management of urban assets or local resources. Within this framework, they explain the forms such initiatives increasingly take, like community land trusts, new kinds of co-housing, neighborhood cooperatives, community-shared broadband and energy networks, and new local offices focused on citizen science and civic imagination.

The “Co-City” framework is uniquely rooted in the authors’ own decades-long research and first-hand experience working in cities around the world. Foster and Iaione offer their observations as “design principles”—adaptable to local context—to help guide further experimentation in building just and self-sustaining urban communities.

Author Biography

Sheila R. Foster is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown University, where she holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy. She is also Codirector of LabGov.City. Christian Iaione is Professor of Urban Law and Policy and Law and Policy of Innovation and Sustainability at Luiss University in Rome, Italy, Codirector of LabGov.City, and Affiliated Fellow of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 Rethinking the City 33
2 The Urban Commons 61
3 The City as a Commons 103
4 Urban Co-Governance 149
5 The Co-City Design Principles 191
Conclusion: New Co-City Horizons and Challenges 219
Appendix 239
Notes 255
References 257
Index 293

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