Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper, editor of OnTheCommons.org and author of All That We Share and The Great Neighborhood Book, writes widely about cities, community, sustainability and travel. On The Commons is a commons movement strategy center.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:15pm
These Streets Are Made for Walking
More than 4500 pedestrians (see earlier Commons magazine story ) are killed by motor vehicles every year on the streets of America. This is not an inevitable fact of modern life. These deaths are preventable, as shown by the dramatic decline of pedestrian fatalities (as well as bicyclists and...
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 1:45pm
A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About
More than 4500 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles every year on the streets of America--more than those who died in the horror of 9/11. A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than...
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 3:30pm
Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?
“(W)ithout power and independence, a town may contain good subjects, but it can have no active citizens.” That was the conclusion of Alexis de Tocqueville after touring a youthful American Republic in the early 1830s, as recorded in his classic Democracy in America . Today we are engaged in a...
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Biking along the green lanes in downtown Vancouver, B.C. early May 2013. (Photo: flickr / cc/ Gary Howe) Views
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:30am
How to Inspire Millions More People to Bike
You can see big changes happening across North America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate...
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Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 1:30pm
How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change
It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that even the most modest steps to reduce carbon use in the US have been...
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:15am
How the Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change
It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that even the most modest steps to reduce carbon use in the US have been...
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Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 10:40am
Robert Ogilvie Helps Make the Most of Commons Around Us
One of the most familiar commons across North America is, unfortunately, one of the most underused—the school buildings and grounds that exist in every community.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 8:39am
Walking: A New Movement for Health and Happiness
Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 11:58am
Bike Lanes To Somewhere: On Race, Health, and Equity
Rev. Kenneth Gunn’s ministry at Chicago’s Bread of Life Church encompasses both the Bible and bicycles. He organized a bike club that regularly rides from the South Side church to Lake Michigan and along the Lakefront Trail.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:56am
Saving the Planet, Starting in Your Own Backyard
After 40 years of what felt like progress in protecting our environment, the ecological crisis now seems to be worsening. Climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, is heating up. The massive exploitation of the tar sands in Canada might be the tipping point, from which we can never return. Fracking for natural gas and oil threatens underground water supplies. The oceans are being massively overfished.
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