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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.

June 6, 2013

Bicycling Surges Across the US, Outpacing Noisy Critics

How the "bikelash" was overcome in New York and other cities
June 5, 2013

Give a Little

TED talks--where ideas hit the big time--explore the importance of generosity
May 21, 2013

How Artists Strengthen Communities

The rise of creative placemaking raises interesting questions
May 10, 2013

America's Most Enduring Common Ground

Since 1634, the Boston Commons has been shared by all
May 4, 2013

The Commons That Connects Us Six Days a Week

The Post Office is under siege from many sides, but is showing political resilience
May 1, 2013

Summertime Ooooohhs!

A disproportionately large share of our best memories happen in parks
April 22, 2013

A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Jane Jacobs was a visionary champion of great cities, who is celebrated each May with Jane's Walks around the world.
April 14, 2013

Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 Years

Public water systems, public education, public libraries and public roads are modern innovations
March 23, 2013

Our Hidden Wealth

How the commons makes everything else work
March 9, 2013

"Capital is Enclosure"

Sign of the Times in South London