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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.

January 12, 2007

Can We Prevent the Enclosure of Our Cities?

How land trusts can help U.S. cities stay vibrant by keeping them diverse.
January 12, 2007

Bust The Grid: Back Alleys Become Commons

Discovering the commons all around us: a back alley can become an urban oasis.
January 7, 2007

Strategies for Inspiring Community Involvement

City Repair in Portland offers fresh strategies for inspiring community involvement.
January 4, 2007

Placeblogger: A New Genre of Local Communication

Placeblogs: a promising new movement to promote pride of place.
December 30, 2006

Community Generated Solutions

Calling upon collective ingenuity to find community-generated solutions.
December 29, 2006

Gifts2: Economist Calls Christmas A "Deadweight Loss"

Economist calls Christmas a "deadweight loss," raising questions about how we view economics.
December 1, 2006

When You Write it Down, You Forget How to Remember

Artists can help awaken human stories so deeply buried that we no longer remember--like our connection to the life giving sustenance of water.
December 1, 2006

The Strange "Economics" Of Breast Milk

The strange "economics" of breast milk raise concerns about the commodification of almost everything.
November 13, 2006

Blue Commoners, And Abstraction In The Red Zone

What is irrational to economists is fundamental to the vitality of our communities.
September 29, 2006

Perambulate That Parking Space

"Take back the streets" is more than an empty slogan to urban activists in San Francisco and Portland. Groups in both cities work to reclaim pavement for pedestrians.