Toward a Commons

Digital collage of Google aerial imagery cut by regional trails and greenways, without and with St. Louis City vacant land data


The combination of regional greenways and open space reveals a gap in St. Louis City. More existing parks and trails, as well as proposed greenways are in St. Louis County, not the City.


Adding vacancy speaks to the possibility of some kind of green space equity. How might this web of human mobility and open green space constitute a commons in St. Louis? The clock is ticking because real estate speculation is on the rise.

The crosshairs mark sites of significant social and environmental erasures, where urban wilding efforts—emergent or conservation driven—mask and ameliorate highly contested terrains. The crosshairs with the circle is the site of A Preadaptation Garden.