Henry Lefebvre - The French Giant.
The right to the city involves two principal rights for urban inhabitants: the right to participation, and the right to appropriation.
The right to participation - maintains that citadins should play a central role in any decision that contributes to the production of urban space.
The right to appropriation - includes the right of inhabitants to physically access, occupy, and use urban space, and so this notion has been the primary focus of those who advocate the right of people to be physically present in the space of the city.
David Harvey described the right to city as : -
‘The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.’
The Right to the City
should modify, concretize and make more practical the
rights of the citizen as an urban dweller (citadin) and
user of multiple services. It would affirm, on the one
hand, the right of users to make known their ideas on
the space and time of their activities in the urban area;
it would also cover the right to the use of the centre, a
privileged place, instead of being dispersed and stuck