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Nurturing and strengthening the urban commons: some beginning principles (Part 2 of 2)

As I wrote last fall, to move more deliberately toward anything resembling a sustainable future, we need to use land more efficiently, building more compactly, with higher densities of homes and businesses per acre than … [Read more...]

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Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2)

My neighborhood has a “commons.” So does yours. The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in which the community as a whole has an interest. At a minimum, these include the … [Read more...]

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The ten steps of walkability

In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars … [Read more...]

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There must be a there (excerpted from People Habitat)

This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities, which will be coming out later this year. In the 1930s, Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, … [Read more...]