Mark Lakeman on how to create the cities we'd all like to live in, Shannon Hayes on how to be a Radical Homemaker, the latest YES! Cartoon, Multimedia highlights, and the pick of the recent articles online
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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions   May 2010

“That’s public space. Nobody can use it.”

The beautiful work of City Repair, in Portland, Oregon, turning intersections into places for people to gather and form community.

City Repair Turns Public Spaces into Gathering Places
Should our towns and cities be built for cars or for people? City Repair sides with the latter. The Portland, Ore., nonprofit helps people organize, design, and implement new, people-friendly visions for their communities—and reclaim the notion of “neighborhood” in the process.

YES! web editor Brooke
Jarvis interviewed visionary co-founder Mark Lakeman during his recent visit to Bainbridge Island.

Mark Lakeman of City Repair on why it's important to think beyond the grid spacer Share-It-Square, Portland, Ore., site of the first City Repair project spacer Volunteers tear up 3,000 sq ft of asphalt in order to create a community garden. A StreetFilms video production


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Beyond the Grid
Life is about more than the shortest distance between two points. See how City Repair helps people imagine and create lively public spaces.

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The Village Building Convergence
This City Repair project draws on the power and creativity of neighbors to build the places they’d like to live.

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Depaving Portland
The residents of Portland are literally tearing their city up. Who says cities have to be islands of concrete?

Creating the Cities of the Future …
Our cities can be transformed. Here are some of YES! Magazine’s most popular articles on how to create a more livable, sustainable human habitat.

Dee Williams in her tiny house. Photo by Betty Udesen Living Large in a Tiny House
Dee Williams chose to downsize and now lives in a 84-square-foot home. She says she has never been happier.
Home sizes have ballooned over the last few decades—as have their ecological footprints. Photo courtesy Cascadia Green Building Council The Righteous Small House: Challenging House Size and the Irresponsible American Dream
An architect asks, at what point does size cancel out sustainability?
Detail from cover of Breakthrough Communities edited by M. Paloma Pavel The City We All Want to Live In
How to make our cities just, inclusive, and green.
The Eco Sense House in BC, Canada A “Living” Built Environment
What if buildings, communities, and infrastructure projects were designed to be beautiful, socially just, and as gentle on the environment as plants are?
:: THE 20 IMPERATIVES OF the Living Building Challenge 2.0
Dee Williams' tiny house. Photo by Betty Udesen
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Dee Williams’ tiny house
What’s New Online
Protesters outside Goldman Sachs' Washington, D.C. office. Photo 2009 Kate Thomas/SEIU
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Fix the Economy, Not Wall Street
David Korten asks “Why regulate a broken system when we can build a better one?” Welcome to New Economy 101.
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Very often, what we dislike in others is something that we need to acknowledge, heal, integrate, and empower in ourselves.
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How states and people are mobilizing to defend democracy.
Radical Homemaking
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes In Search of Radical Homemakers
Wondering if her family was a freaky aberration to the conventional American culture, Shannon Hayes set out to find other families who are achieving ecological, social, and economic transformation … starting under their own roofs.

Shannon asks, and tries to answer, many of the questions we all wrestle with in search of sustainable living. Follow her articles, written exclusively for YES! Magazine, and seek out her new book Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture.

“Brilliant, visionary, and practical. This is a mind-bending book that will forever change your view of human possibility and compel you to rethink your life. My highest recommendation.”—David Korten spacer

Shannon Hayes with her daughter Saoirse. Photo by Bob Hopper spacer Shannon with her youngest daughter, Ula spacer Shannon Hayes with her daughters Saoirse and Ula. Photo by Bob Hooper spacer Shannon and her daughter on their farm in upstate New York. Photo courtesy of Shannon Hayes
The Birthday Balloon
Do children need a pile of wrapped toys in order to know that their family and friends are delighted and honored that they share this lifetime with us?

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Can Money Buy Education?
She taught her daughter that they don’t buy things they can make or grow at home. But then she had to wonder: Does that include higher education?

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The Kid Question
Does reproduction have a place in a quest for a sustainable life?

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The Case for Sustainable Meat
Can meat have a place in the life of a “radical homemaker” trying to live sustainably?

YES! Monthly Cartoon Caption
New YES! Cartoon Write a caption for this month’s YES! cartoon. Winning entries will be posted online, and the funniest will be printed in YES!

YES! Sunflower Cartoon

Enter the competition.

I’m not sure this whole ‘living building’ thing is all it’s cracked up to be.
The best captions for this cartoon.

Did you miss…

Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: The Power of Art to Transform
    Bearing Witness: Photographer Chris Jordan on Art, Grief, and Transformation.

:: The NZ Way: Another Approach to Health Care    
    Ken Fabert traveled to New Zealand to see what patients and doctors think of their single-payer system.

:: No Car, No Problem
    How one man’s choice to live car-free brought him more in touch with his neighbors, his community, and himself.
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Hunger. Pollution. Instability. Obesity. The problem with corporate food—by the numbers.

New books
Detail from cover of Bill McKibben's new book Welcome to Eaarth
Bill McKibben’s latest book explores what it’ll take to live on a planet less sweet than it used to be. During a recent stop in Seattle, he described the smaller, slower, and wiser future that may be our best bet.

YES! Web Picks

Jamie Oliver at Food Revolution
Jamie Oliver’s campaign calls for Americans to rethink their relationship with food.

Image from YES! video shot at the People's Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia A Climate Summit for the Rest of Us
The Cochabamba summit was designed to respect the power and knowledge of world social movements and indigenous peoples.

What Happens When We Make Choices Fun?
Image from Bottle Bank Arcade video The Fun Theory is at  it again! Turning bottle recycling into an arcade game produces smiles and a healthier planet.

Robert Redford in the mountains of Utah, February 1970, the year Earth Day was first observed. Photo by John Dominis/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
This is Our Home
Robert Redford discusses the history and importance of Earth Day.

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