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A New Generation of Great Public Spaces in Places You'd Least Expect

May 15, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

Community commons arise in places once dominated roads, railyards and parking spaces

It's All Happening at the Park

January 8, 2013 | By Jay Walljasper

More than ever, we need common ground where all kinds of people can interact, learn and have fun

Create a Commons in Your Own Front Yard

November 4, 2012 | By Ben Fried

How a public bench transformed a suburban neighborhood

Let Us Now Praise Vacant Lots

June 9, 2012 | By Jay Walljasper

Commoners work to keep these vital places in the public realm

More People Biking and Walking Benefits Everyone, Not Just Bikers and Walkers

March 30, 2012 | By Jay Walljasper

Lower health care costs, stronger communities, less congestion, less transportation spending.

Beloved Commons That Are Not Actually Commons

November 30, 2011 | By Jay Walljasper

Support your favorite local, independent shops

Great Green Public Spaces Right Under Our Noses

September 18, 2011 | By Aaron Hanauer & Colleen Ayers

Cemeteries were once used like parks, which is beginning to happen again

Art at the Airport

November 8, 2010 | By Jay Walljasper

Airports-- public spaces paid for by everyone--are commons, not shopping malls

The Eternal Joy of Hanging Out

December 7, 2009 | By Jay Walljasper

Roman piazzas are commons at their best. And there's no reason we can't have them here

Who owns Chicago’s famous lakeshore?

April 22, 2008 | By Jay Walljasper

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