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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 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

The debate about saving the village hospital on the TV show mirrors the fate of community hospitals in the US today. (Photo by  Kevin Oliver under a Creative Commons license.)

February 17, 2016

What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Health Care

The importance of community in an age of high tech, specialized medicine

Piazza Verdi in Bologna, a city incorporating commons practices into its government operations. (By Tyler Durdan under a Creative Commons license)

February 8, 2016

City as a Commons: Flint to Italy

200 activists flock to Bologna to how the commons can be incorporated into city governance

Athens can teach us about what makes people happy. (Photo by Doug under a Creative Commons license.)

December 23, 2015

What's the Secret of Making a Happy City?

Ancient Athens shows what to do. Rome shows what not to do.

Kids on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. By Yesy Belajar Memotrek under a Creative Commons license. 

November 17, 2015

Every Community Should be Safe for Walking

That's the mission coming out of National Walking Summit: Equal access to healthy lifestyles