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Community Life

Locally-based commons build the “social wealth” of our communities. It is therefore important to create and maintain an independent business sector, inviting public spaces, local agricultural initiatives, and other vital community systems.

The world's largest road runner welcomes you to Fort Stockton, Texas, a town of 8500 that has banned plastic bags.  Many Texas Republicans want the state to overturn this local law.  (By Dustin & Lori Slater under a Creative Commons license.)

February 26, 2015

Who Decides What's Best for Our Communities?

Democracy derailed by laws dictating what local government can and can't do

(Screenshot from a video by Allison Herrera for the Kulture Klub Collaborative)

February 10, 2015

A Commons Grows in Frogtown

Artist Seitu Jones and neighbors create a groundbreaking park in St. Paul's poorest and most diverse neighborhood

To love winter, simply find your inner child. (Photo by Tim Pierce under a Creative Commons license)

February 9, 2015

Cold Weather Cities Can Be Cool

How to keep places lively throughout the winter

A light rail station in Santa Clara, California. (By Richard Masoner under a CC license)

January 11, 2015

Way to Go!

11 reasons trains, buses, bikes and walking move us toward a brighter future

New York's High Line is a popular poster child for Creative Placemaking. (By David Berkowitz under a CC license)

January 8, 2015

What's All the Buzz About Creative Placemaking?

The idea is simple: put arts and culture at the center of urban revitalization
Great city neighborhoods are often mid-rise, not high-rise. (By La Citta Vita under a

Great city neighborhoods are often mid-rise, not high-rise. (By La Citta Vita under a CC license) 

December 4, 2014

How to Create Commons-Friendly Neighborhoods

Lively urban communities need streetlife, affordable housing and ample places for us to interact

By Moyan Brenn under a CC license

December 3, 2014

These Trails Are Made for Sharing

Hiking as a commons way of life

By Tripu under a CC license

November 15, 2014

Birth of A Movement for Healthier & Happier Lives

Big steps toward making it easier for Americans to walk

By Erik Soderstrom under a CC license

November 15, 2014

Walking is Going Places

The unexpected rise of foot power as a health breakthrough and path to happiness
November 15, 2014

Walking is Going Places

The unexpected rise of foot power as a health breakthrough and path to happiness