About the Author

Jay writes, speaks, edits and consults about creating stronger, more vital communities. He is a senior fellow and editor at On the Commons and the former longtime editor of Utne Reader. He is author of “The Great Neighborhood Book” and “All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons.” Visit his website at www.JayWalljasper.com

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We were made for walking. The places we live? Not as much.

Few things in life relieve stress, instill creativity and boost health and more than taking a stroll. “Walking is a man’s best medicine,” Hippocrates declared in the 4th Century BCE. “To solve a problem, walk around,” … [Read more...]

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America’s Walking Renaissance

I am pleased to offer you a free download of my new book, America's Walking Renaissance, created with America Walks and the Every Body Walk Collaborative. Please feel free to share, tweet, facebook, reprint, … [Read more...]

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If walking were a new drug, we’d all have a prescription!

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 … [Read more...]

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Our Place in the World: In praise of streets, parks, squares, coffeeshops…

It’s a dark and wintry night in Copenhagen, and the streets are bustling. The temperature stands above freezing, but winds blow hard enough to knock down a good share of the bicycles parked all around. Scandinavians are … [Read more...]

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Pied Piper for Livable Communities: Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa has traveled to more than 200 communities across the world scouting for the best ideas to improve community life for people of all ages. He believes the measure of a good place is whether we’d feel … [Read more...]

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A Call to Action on how to get America back on its feet

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 … [Read more...]

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Lessons from 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 … [Read more...]

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How to Create Commons-Friendly Neighborhoods

Battle lines are shaping up across American cities and suburbs today over urban density. On one side stand neighbors and developers who explain that convenient transit, walkable communities, environmental protection … [Read more...]