Making sure the urban commons is space that is to stay
In order to keep the general commons movement relevant and growing. Urban commons that are created, shared, and preserved must be considered permanent establishments. Often enough these community gardens are temporary set ups before the vacant lots are under construction by a private developer. The permanency of these community (gardens) depends on well-organized collective action and strong local governance to develop a strong appearance or aesthetic that adds to the character of the neighborhood. That permanency is key to developing lessons learned, documenting experiences, and delivering a higher-level quality of lifestyle for urban residents in the long run. As people use an urban common more frequently, they will be incentivized to manage, improve, and protect it. The more active and norm-abiding users there are within a commons, the more residents, municipalities, and other actors will see such a commons as an entity to stay.
Permanency - The process designed to protect a community garden that is only temporary set up until the vacant lot it sits on is under construction. This process is based on collective action and strong local governance in developing a strong appearance or aesthetic that adds to the character of the neighborhood. (Barthel 2013)
Cognitive Resilience Building - a mental process of human perception, memory, and reasoning that people acquire from interacting frequently with local ecosystems, shaping peoples’ experience, world views, values towards local ecosystems and ultimately towards the biosphere. (Barthel 2013)