Americans who’ve enjoyed the vibrant public places of Europe and Latin America are bringing the idea back to the cities and towns of the U.S.
Jay Walljasper writes, speaks, edits, and consults about creating stronger, more vital communities. He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons.
To truly encourage widespread volunteerism, we’d need to make sure that everyone (not just the well-to-do) have the time to do it.
When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us.
Now that all the debate about whether bike lanes are OK seems to be (mostly) over, cities around the country are enjoying their benefits.
Cities across the U.S. discover that good biking attracts great jobs and top talent to their communities.
Public spaces can be anything from a lush urban park to a subway station, but all of them offer a free place to enjoy the company of friends, family, and strangers.
How can planners attract the 60 percent of Americans who say they would bike more if they felt more secure? The answer could be cheap and simple.
Jay Walljasper on why “profitable economic function” is sometimes less valuable than empty space.
Just because someone doesn’t bike, doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from cities and towns making biking a priority.
Tired of the privatization of everything? You’re not alone. Annie Leonard on how we can recognize and rebuild the things we all share.
How our communities can stop losing out on business and tax revenue.
How snowy Minneapolis beat out Portland for the title of best bike city in America.
Even a short stretch of car-free pavement empowers pedestrians to realize the road belongs to them, too.
The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives.