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Photo Essay: 20 of the World’s Best Public Spaces Photo Essay: 20 of the World’s Best Public Spaces
by Jay Walljasper
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.
What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation
by Sarah van Gelder
It’s 3 a.m. and the wind’s howling. Do you know your neighbors?
How 5 New Orleans Communities Rebuilt Home in the Wake of Katrina How 5 New Orleans Communities Rebuilt Home in the Wake of Katrina
by Natalie Pompilio
Book review: Tom Wooten’s “We Shall Not Be Moved” follows leaders in five different post-hurricane neighborhoods, showing that New Orleanians are a unique breed, deeply loyal to their sometimes infuriating, often insane, and never imitated hometown.
The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals
From the alleys of San Francisco to the streets of West Oakland, murals are cropping up throughout the Bay Area with themes as diverse as the artists who paint them.
At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals
by Mark Andrew Boyer
A new $1 billion plan to turn a vacant base into a shipping and logistics center will create thousands of jobs for the Oakland residents who need them most.
6 Ways Communities Put Health First 6 Ways Communities Put Health First
by Stuart Glascock
From play space for kids to AIDS activism: the fight against disease goes grassroots.
Detroit’s Good Food Cure Detroit’s Good Food Cure
by Larry Gabriel
What happens when the Motor City transforms itself into the capital of grow-your-own food?
In Yoga, Better Breathing Through ... Beatboxing? In Yoga, Better Breathing Through ... Beatboxing?
by Lauren Hardy
Video: Can the offbeat fusion of acoustic guitar and electronic loops help you breathe your way to better movement?
Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches
by Stacey Kennelly
A series of studies shows that wealth doesn’t make us happier—but the respect of others does.
Paragliding Africa Paragliding Africa
How one photographer captured the continent from the sky—with a fan strapped to his back.
Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible Carbon Neutrality: It’s Technically Possible
by Richard Conlin
The technology to achieve carbon neutrality exists, or could in the near future. What has to happen to put those capabilities in play?
Life Is Easier With Friends Next Door Life Is Easier With Friends Next Door
by Sven Eberlein
Feeling a need for community? Cohousing can provide affordable space and neighbors to share it with.
How I Learned to Love My Hometown How I Learned to Love My Hometown
by Mindy Fullilove, Molly Rose Kaufman
A sense of history and community tugged at the heart of Mindy Fullilove and pulled her back to the Jersey home she’d forsaken.
In Praise of Vacant Lots In Praise of Vacant Lots
by Jay Walljasper
Jay Walljasper on why “profitable economic function” is sometimes less valuable than empty space.
One More Benefit of Local Food One More Benefit of Local Food
by Shannon Hayes
A farmer sings the praises of having non-farmers close at hand.
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