Author: Adam Greenfield

A Block Party Can Change Your Life

At dozens of block parties, I’ve seen community spring to life. When neighbors take back their street from traffic for just one day it can change everything. If we could see our streets as social spaces rather than just thoroughfares, life could be very different.

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6 Inspiring Pedestrian Streets in the US

It’s often difficult to imagine that streets weren’t always the way they are today. And it’s also hard to believe streets could work differently – but they can. Here are 6 US streets before and after they were transformed from vehicular thoroughfares to places for people.

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Without Common Land No Social System Can Survive

“Without common land no social system can survive”, wrote renowned architect Christopher Alexander. Today, that means car-free social spaces – squares and pedestrian streets – in the center of the action, where people go. Such places are essential for facilitating human happiness. Let’s explore why.

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