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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Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00am
How to Make City Streets More Friendly
Laughter, lively music and lip-smacking appreciation of food from many cultures animates St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota as a crowd whoops it up at the Better Bridges Bash. Even chilly temperatures and gusty winds can’t dampen folks’ enthusiasm—nor does the unpromising location right next...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:30am
Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Now Faces Stiff Corporate Competition
The Pine Ridge Indian reservation is not the first place you’d look for good news about creating a new kind of economy that works for everyone. This corner of South Dakota includes several of the poorest counties in America, according to census figures. Ninety-seven percent of Pine Ridge’s Lakota...
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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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