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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.

Neighbors explore their community in Phoenix, one of many towns around the world hosting Jane's Walks in early May. (By David Crummey under a Creative Commons license)

March 29, 2015

Take a Walk on the Jane Side

Celebrate spring with an exploration of your neighborhood in honor of community champion Jane Jacobs

Local residents were involved in the creation of the Campus Martius square in downtown Detroit, and they've embraced it as one of the city's favorite places. (By Michigan Municipal League under a Creative Commons license.) 

March 28, 2015

Placemaking---What Exactly Does It Mean?

A commons-based approach to planning that looks to the community as the experts

A place of one's own:  Boyce Park in Pittsburgh. (By Kevin Conor Keller under a Creative Commons license)

March 27, 2015

Commons Are For Kids!

Youngsters need places they can explore, discover and call their own.

While Red State public universities are fielding topnotch basketball teams, state politicians are slashing university budgets.  (By Brad J. Ward under a Creative Commons license)

March 25, 2015

Politics Boil Beneath Surface of NCAA March Madness

Why basketball fans booed the Kansas governor

Public universities in Red States field top notch basketball teams, but state politicians in many of these states are slashing the universities' budgets. (By Brad J. Ward under a Creative Commons license.)

March 25, 2015

Politics Boil Beneath the Surface of NCAA March Madness

Why basketball fans booed the Kansas governor

Heritage Park YMCA in Minneapolis caters to seniors.  (By Twin Cities LISC under a Creative Commons license.)

March 18, 2015

Who Says Government Can't Innovate?

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority pioneers topnotch services for seniors

(By Jimmy Emerson under a Creative Commons license.) 

March 12, 2015

Can a Labor Union Save the US Mail?

Postal workers take aim at false claims the Postal Service must be dismantled

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