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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.

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

To love winter, simply find your inner child. (Photo by Tim Pierce under a Creative Commons license)

February 9, 2015

Cold Weather Cities Can Be Cool

How to keep places lively throughout the winter

A light rail station in Santa Clara, California. (By Richard Masoner under a CC license)

January 11, 2015

11 Ways Transit, Bikes & Walk Move Us Toward a Brighter Future

21st century mobility is bigger and better than driverless cars

New York's High Line is a popular poster child for Creative Placemaking. (By David Berkowitz under a CC license)

January 8, 2015

What's All the Buzz About Creative Placemaking?

The idea is simple: put arts and culture at the center of urban revitalization
Great city neighborhoods are often mid-rise, not high-rise. (By La Citta Vita under a

Great city neighborhoods are often mid-rise, not high-rise. (By La Citta Vita under a CC license) 

December 4, 2014

How to Create Commons-Friendly Neighborhoods

Lively urban communities need streetlife, affordable housing and ample places for us to interact

By Moyan Brenn under a CC license

December 3, 2014

These Trails Are Made for Sharing

Hiking as a commons way of life