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Discuss the importance of the idea of “Urban commons” in the city planning.

Topic: GS-1: population and associated issues.

GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2. Discuss the importance of the idea of “Urban commons” in the city planning. (250 words)

Reference: Down to Earth 

Why the question:

The article explains how often the city planning in the country ignores incorporating the idea of urban commons.

Key Demand of the question:

One must explain the idea of urban commons; explain in what way it is essential to incorporate this idea in city planning.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


A good start would be defining what urban commons are.


The world is on a headlong rush towards urbanization, with more than 75% of its people expected to live in cities by 2050. Urban commons can provide a key to sustainable living and wellbeing in cities, helping citizens forge new connections, rebuild social capital and reclaim their right to the city.

Explain that despite the undeniable importance of urban commons, commons research for the most part focuses on landscapes that are largely rural. Urban commons, such as wooded streets, urban forests, parks, lakes and wetlands, are threatened by conversion to build spaces, degradation and pollution in cities across the world. Collective action is especially challenging in cities, with high pressures of time, disrupted social connections, constantly changing community compositions, and extreme inequities.

Present a case study to explain and substantiate better.


Conclude with importance that our cities can hold out any promise of a better future only if the commons play a central role in urban planning.