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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.

Kids walking to school in Riceville, Iowa

November 11, 2016

America’s Walking Renaissance

Free book shows how walking is gaining ground in cities, suburbs & small towns across US

By Victor Bautista under a Creative Commons license

November 11, 2016

First Step Toward Reconnecting a Fractured Country

Sidewalks, trails and other places we walk are where Americans of many backgrounds come together face-to-face

By Victor Bautista under a Creative Commons license

November 11, 2016

First Step Toward Connecting a Fractured Country

Sidewalks, trails and other places we walk are where Americans of many backgrounds come together face-to-face

A student skateboards to school on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (By Sciondriver under a Creative Commons license)

September 28, 2016

Indy Rocks: An Overlooked City Bounces Back

Thanks to an authentic collaborative spirit

By Michael Geminder under a Creative Commons licesne

September 28, 2016

The Greening of the Commons

New research shows green space we can all use boosts our health

Photo by Dan Burden

August 14, 2016

America's Walking Renaissance

From inner-city to Birmingham to small town Iowa to suburban LA, wallking is making strides

Piada 52 is cooperative cafe in Forli, Italy, hiring unemployed kids, which has helped rivitalize a park once known for drug dealing.  

August 14, 2016

An Overlooked Element of the Good Life in Italy (and Everywhere)

Cooperatives, such as this park cafe in Forli, can achieve social as well as economic goals

The Tanka staff are now co-owners of the company.  (Photo by Katie Hunter)

August 14, 2016

Healthy Snack Generates Hope & Income on Pine Ridge Reservation

Tanka bars, based on a traditional Lakota Indian recipe, now face stiff corporate competition

The farmer's market in New Rochelle, New York.  (Photo by Project for Public Spaces)

August 14, 2016

19 Ways to Make Your Community Great

How the spirit of the commons can invigorate any hometown

Republican mayor Mick Cornett (left) inaugurates one of many new sidewalk projects. (Photo from America Walks case study)

March 26, 2016

America’s “Worst Walking City” Gets Back on its Feet

Oklahoma City improves life for people who walk-- and reaps the benefits