As cities and communities continue to grow larger, there follows an increasing need to ensure that the growing size of cities do not leave the smaller groups and individuals within feeling detached from each other as the city population continues to grow ever larger. One such solution is the creation and nurturing of more community spaces where those that are a part of the community each carry their own stake in the well-being of the aforementioned community spaces. One such example of a place is the maintenance of a community garden. Through the use of ideas such as a community garden, a hierarchy will grow in order to accommodate the success of the garden as the people in the community take on their own roles and responsibilities (Ghose, 1100). Said gardens also serve as respite from the headache inducing bureaucracy of government due to the ability of individuals in the community able to make their own visible impact. The growth of such community spaces are one way in which citizens can retain control of the social structure as expanding local governments make policy decisions that are non representative of the smaller communities in an attempt to serve the larger communities.
Ghose, R., & Pettygrove, M. (2014). Urban Community Gardens as Spaces of Citizenship. Antipode, 46(4), 1092-1112.