chapter  7
18 Pages

Communities and the commons: Open access and community ownership of the urban commons


During the housing boom in Copenhagen, from the beginning of the 2000s until the credit crisis in 2008, the members of many housing cooperatives, a common form of collectively-owned housing in Danish cities, decided to raise the prices of their cooperative shares, so that individual members could sell their cooperative flats at small, and sometimes even large, profits. The Danish media and general public frowned at these decisions and were morally offended. Members of housing cooperatives were criticized for displaying a lack of solidarity; they were accused of greed and of having enriched themselves at the expense of others who could have benefited from good and cheap dwellings, the consequence of their decision being that now only the wellto-do could afford cooperative living.