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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.

Davis, California, leads the nation in biking with its network of bike lanes, off-road bike trails and an increasing number of protected bike lanes. Twenty-two percent of all trips around town are by bike. (Photo by Thanh Ha Dang under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 27, 2014

One Surprising Reason America Lags Behind the World on Bikes

Plus: How America's biking capital rose to number one

Gas taxes don't cover the cost of building and repairing highways, not to mention the environmental pricetag. (Photo from flickr.com under a Creative Commons license.)

July 25, 2014

Republicans Wreck Their Own Principles on Highways

Slash Medicare, mail delivery, student aid, but don't make drivers pay for roads

Conservatives, progressives and everyone else likes farmers' markets, local food, mom-and-pop stores and other qualities of a thriving community. Can they all connect around the commons? (Photo of the Barberton, Ohio, Downtown Farmers Market by the Barberton Community Foundation under a Creative Commons license.)

July 15, 2014

The Conservative Case for a Commons Way of Life

Not socialism, not capitalism…Distributism seeks community power

Charity Hicks was at the forefront of many campaigns for justice, the environment and the commons.

July 11, 2014

Remembering Charity Hicks, Ardent Advocate of People's Right to Water

Detroit leader played big role in movements for food security, environment and the commons

A protected bike lane on Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver separates riders from busy traffic. (Photo by Paul Krueger under a Creative Commons license.)

July 9, 2014

How to Inspire Millions More People to Bike

Bike lanes of the future can be seen on the streets right now

Healthy living conditions and community cohesion boost everyone's health. (Photo by Project for Public Spaces)

July 8, 2014

It Takes A Village to Stay Healthy

Personal health and community health linked in three projects in the Twin Cities

Vong Lee wears two hats at the same time as a Hip Hop artist and community organizer working with an inner city neighborhood in St. Paul.

June 12, 2014

A New Twist in Making a Better World

Artist organizers ignite communities' creative vision
Professional Porch Sitters Union Local 1339 in Louisville, Kentucky stands up for a greener world. (Photo by Step It Up under a Creative Commons license.)
June 8, 2014

The Positive Power of Taking It Easy

The Porch Sitters Union knows that sometimes less is more

(Photo by Mlhradio under a Creative Commons license.)

June 4, 2014

Parks are Silent Victims of Our Economic & Political Ills

And from the pages of history, a proven way to rejevenate them