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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.

Neighborhood post offices would be replaced by a counter in a big box store with a barely trained clerk. (Photo by Bruce Tuten under a Creative Commons license.)

July 30, 2014

Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle

Labor solidarity threatens idea of moving post offices to big box stores

Occupiers of Rome's Teatro Valle want to move Italy's cultural policies in the direction of the commons.

July 28, 2014

Commoners Continue to Occupy Rome’s Teatro Valle

Why breaking the law is sometimes the highest form of legality

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