The Opt-in Commons

By JimBenson, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 10 years 40 weeks ago.

In urban planning there are several examples of commons being created on privately owned land. This site from the City of New York catalogs privately owned public space throughout the city.

The 1961 Zoning Resolution inaugurated the incentive zoning program in New York City. The program encouraged private developers to provide spaces for the public within or outside their buildings by allowing them greater density in certain high-density districts. Since its inception, the program has produced more than 3.5 million square feet of public space in exchange for additional building area or other considerations such as relief from certain height and setback restrictions.