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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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:30am
America’s "Worst Walking City" Gets Back on its Feet
The US gave up on walking in the mid-20th Century—at least planners and politicians did. People on foot were virtually banished from newly constructed neighborhoods. Experts assured us that cars and buses (and eventually helicopters and jet packs) would efficiently take us everywhere we wanted to...
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Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:15am
The City As a Commons: From Flint to Italy
The disaster with Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, created by political leaders more devoted to fiscal austerity than the common good, illuminates why it’s important to think of our cities as commons–human creations that belong to all residents, not just the wealthy and politically well-connected...
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Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Your Health
Everyone knows walking is good for you. It’s plain common sense, backed by a wealth of recent medical research . In fact, a major new study found that lack of physical activity is twice as deadly for us as obesity. Health data shows that as little as 30 minutes of walking a day cuts the incidence...
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 11:30am
Benefits of Walking Are So Huge, Let’s Make Sure Everyone Can Do It
Mounting evidence that a daily walk helps prevent a host of serious diseases is beginning to influence debates about health care, community vitality, poverty, race and opportunity. “The health benefits of walking are so overwhelming that to deny access to that is a violation of fundamental human...
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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:15pm
A Good Place for Everyone to Walk
People have walked for justice and economic opportunity throughout American history. Workers wanting a better life for their families walked on picket lines and at protests, rallied by advocates like Cesar Chavez. People demanding civil rights marched in Selma, Alabama and Washington, DC led by Rev...
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 12:45pm
Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More
We’ve always known walking is good for us — it burns calories, reduces stress and helps the environment. But we never knew how really great it is for us until the just released Call to Action on Walking from US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, who explains, “An average of 22 minutes a day of...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:15am
Walking Makes Strides Toward Healthier Future For All
Walking is moving fast these days. We may think of it as a slow activity, but travel by foot is quickly being recognized as an effective prescription for health, a convenient means of transportation, a great way to meet people, a smart strategy for saving money and a lot of fun. The US Surgeon...
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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 10:15am
Little Town on the Prairie Steps It Up
It’s like a small-town scene from Norman Rockwell, updated for the 21 st Century. A Latino family strolls leisurely through the park, immersed in conversation. Coming up fast behind is a blonde woman in designer exercise gear and earplugs, intent on maintaining her power-walking pace. Bringing up...
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:45am
'Better, Not More' Is Rallying Cry for a New Economy
Environmental activist and filmmaker Annie Leonard has a knack for looking at familiar things in a new light that opens possibilities for transformation. Her short film The Story of Stuff offered an “a-ha” moment for many of its 12 million viewers by revealing the ecological price tag of a hyper-...
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:45am
A Day in the Life of America’s Most Walkable Suburb
Suburban life has always been synonymous with long hours in the car-- going to work, school, the grocery store, the mall, soccer practice and friends’ homes. Some people even drive to take a walk. That’s changing now, just like the stereotype of suburbs as places where everyone’s white, married...
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