On The Commons

September 12, 2012, 2pm PDT
Jay Walljasper chronicles the decline of lively public spaces in the era of "rampant traffic, proliferating privatization, heightened security...and the internet," and human kind's existential need for protecting and expanding the public realm.
On The Commons
September 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Aaron Hanauer and Colleen Ayers explain that the "rural cemeteries", a form that began in the early 19th century, used to be a popular place for family outings. With land in cities at a premium, could they be so again?
On The Commons
May 11, 2011, 9am PDT
That was David Motzenbecker's thought as he began a public meeting of the Minneapolis Planning Department, which inspired him to re-think how the city engages the public.
On The Commons
February 24, 2011, 11am PST
Jay Walljasper discusses the role of public spaces in recent protests and revolutions from Madison, Wisconsin to Cairo, Egypt.
On The Commons
June 19, 2010, 7am PDT
On the Commons criticizes the policy of 'enclosure' that has allowed "the systemic failures of the regulatory system and its political sponsors, Congress and the President," to go unnoticed.
On The Commons
June 2, 2010, 9am PDT
Landowners in Gunnison, Colorado are claiming that rafters passing through on the banks of the Gunnison River are trespassing. Do property rights extend into the water?
On The Commons
March 21, 2010, 11am PDT
A new book argues that yes, the priorities of private property often trump those of democracy, community, free expression and life outside of the marketplace.
On The Commons
January 23, 2010, 1pm PST
A new book reveals that our extended network of acquaintances is more important to us than we might think.
On The Commons
December 15, 2009, 11am PST
That's the decision cities face, says columnist John Gurda, and his hope is that Americans will reinvest in the common good through effective taxation.
On The Commons
July 1, 2009, 12pm PDT
The Transition Town movement has spread to 150 towns in 14 countries. David Bollier of <em>On The Commons</em> takes a look at how these towns are making the shift towards locally-produced food and reduction in energy use.
On The Commons
January 24, 2009, 1pm PST
An obscure new rule pushed through the Federal Highway Administration requires public toll roads to collect 'fair market value' from drivers, rather than to serve the public interest.
On The Commons
December 12, 2008, 9am PST
David Bollier argues that large institutions and businesses may have reached their peak, and we're headed towards a 'peer production' economy.
On The Commons
October 6, 2008, 5am PDT
David Bollier debunks the idea that the magic of 'private property' is saving fisheries from being overfished.
On The Commons
September 15, 2008, 8am PDT
Across the country, the billboard industry is fighting to prohibit tree planting on public spaces that might block their billboards.
On The Commons
August 19, 2008, 10am PDT
Jay Walljasper reflects on the historical meaning of American independence, and how today's meaning is leading people away from working towards the common good.
On The Commons