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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.

By Pedro Ribeiro Simoes under a Creative Commons license 

September 29, 2015

Easy Steps to Walking More

The Surgeon General says it's important to our health. Here's how to make it a natural, pleasurable part of your life

A three-acre wasteland on the South Side of Chicago is now an urban oasis. (Photo courtesy of Eden Place)

September 28, 2015

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle---and Reclaim Common Places

The next, new stage in saving the environment

By Scott Beale under a Creative Commons license

September 12, 2015

Surgeon General's RX for Better Health: Walk More

Why it's good for us, our communities, the environment and the economy

(Photo by Toshihiro Gamo under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 27, 2015

What I Learned About Life From a Howling Dog

The spirit of the commons works in mysterious ways

In the Netherlands, older people bike at exactly the same rate as the rest of the population-- about 25 percent of all trips. (Photo by Amsterdamize under a Creative Commons license.)

July 27, 2015

Older Americans Rediscover Bikes

They pedal for fun, health, transportation and to enjoy a stronger sense of community

Universities and hospitals support local initiatives in Detroit's Midtown neighborhoods, such as the Summer in the City program held at Wayne State University.  (Photo by Summer in the City under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 27, 2015

Anchors a Way to Revive Struggling Cities

In Cleveland, Detroit, Syracuse and the Bronx, major institutions pitch in to help inner city residents

Image courtesy of Milwaukee Water Commons 

July 24, 2015

The Water That Made Milwaukee Famous

The new group Milwaukee Water Commons sets 8 goals for sustainability, equity and community

(Photo by Bruce Fingerhood under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 20, 2015

A Moveable Commons

The train is not only an easy, economical way to get places. It's also a convivial, pleasurable experience.

(Photo by Lee Morley under a Creative Commons license.)

July 20, 2015

Strengthening the Culture of Caring

Social exclusion and bullying rip at the fabric of the commons. Several new initiatives want everyone to feel they belong.