ABSTRACT

Introduction: what should have a right to the city? In a text outlining a proposition for urban ‘commons planning’, the respected critical urban theorist Peter Marcuse (Marcuse, 2009a) opens with an epigraph of the first stanza of an English anti-enclosure folk poem from the seventeenth century:

The law locks up the man or woman, Who steals a goose from off the common, But leaves the greater villain loose Who steals the common from the goose.