The articles published on this website (see Further Reading below) are informed by the following principles:
For people and societies to flourish, neighbors must know each other and play regular supportive roles in each others’ lives. This must ultimately happen not through indirect methods such as the internet but through face to face contact. The ills of modern society – loneliness, psychological disorder, intolerance, drug abuse, a lack of free time, and other issues – can all be ameliorated by strong communities.
- Your Neighbors Are Waiting For You To Ring Their Doorbell
- Be A Hero: How To Organize A Neighbor Social
Strong communities need common land. Such land includes pedestrian-priority residential streets, pedestrian malls, and plazas/squares. Such common land must be located in the heart of communities, be accessible by public transportation, be well maintained, and offer a healthy number of activities.
Streets represent the vast majority of centrally located common land in most towns and cities. Transforming appropriate streets into places that prioritize people and social contact over vehicular movement must represent, for the foreseeable future, the main way of restoring common land to the people.
- Revolution Starts With Taking Back Our Streets
- 6 Inspiring Pedestrian Streets in the US
- How a Block Party Can Change Your Life
Walkable towns and cities offer the best opportunities for people to meet each other and to live in beautiful, safe, and affordable places. “Walkable” means not only walking access to all one’s daily needs but also that the walk to such places should be pleasant and danger-free.
If a visitor from Venice, Italy, thinks that where the rest of us live is beautiful then we have succeeded; until then, we have work to do. Beauty requires fully embracing the human scale: Destinations are easily reached by walking, buildings and public spaces are the appropriate sizes and shapes. Beauty also depends on places designed, built, and approved by local communities with materials that are as natural as possible.