Stories by Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper is editor of, a news and culture website devoted to recognizing the importance of the commons -- those things that belong to all of us -- in modern life. subscribe to Jay Walljasper's feed

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

It’s been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2013, Source:

Local efforts are the backbone of global green activism.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source:

It's time to design spaces around the communities that need them the most.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Although struggling in recent decades, Detroit still offers experiences you expect from a world-class city.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Cities across the U.S. are discovering that good biking attracts great jobs and top talent to their communities.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2012, Source: On the Commons

Here's why we need parks, streetlife, squares, markets, trails, community gardens and other hang outs more than ever.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2012, Source: Citiwire

The widespread belief that the city is a food desert is, like many myths about Detroit, simply not true.

Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Green Lane Project brings bicycling into the 21st century -- with positive results for the nation's health, economy, environment and commutes.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: On the Commons

Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard talks about why the commons are so integral to our lives.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2011, Source: Shareable

In these antagonistic political times, bikers and walkers are now targets of controversy for some members of Congress.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Despite its cold weather and spread-out development patterns, here's how a Midwestern city beat Portland, San Francisco and Boulder for the title of #1 Bike City.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2011, Source: Shareable

Here's how we can get more Americans to bike.

Posted on: May 27, 2011, Source: Shareable

Why the author of "Bomb the Suburbs" has had a change of heart.

Posted on: May 25, 2011, Source: People for Bikes

The price tag for more than 3,000 federally funded bike and pedestrian projects last year amounted to less than half the cost of one highly contested highway project.

Posted on: May 16, 2011, Source: Shareable

Is it enlightened politicians? Their urban growth plan? Or something else entirely?

Posted on: Jan 3, 2011, Source: On the Commons

There's a misconception that all significant environmental progress begins in wealthy nations.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The good life means more than private property -- all of us have a stake in what we share together.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: YES! Magazine

Portland may be the only large city to earn the League of American Bicyclists' coveted platinum status as a bicycle-friendly city, but they have even bigger plans.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A trip to the Netherlands offers insight into how American cities should transform our transportation culture and infrastructure to be bike-friendly.

Posted on: May 28, 2010, Source:

Drawing on indigenous Indian knowledge of geology, hydrology and ecology, Rajendra Singh helped to save a watershed.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2009, Source:

Privatization is steadily undermining the things we all depend upon -- libraries, transit, parks, water systems, schools and public safety.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2008, Source:

Mark Ritchie -- the man in the middle of Minnesota's Senate race recount -- is passionate about making sure every vote counts.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2008, Source: AlterNet

In the midst of a financial meltdown, a German brewery that's defying expectations raises questions about the role of government in the economy.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2008, Source:

A gathering of international thinkers, artists, and activists is inspiring a new revolution in the right to water and what belongs to the commons.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2008, Source:

As a recent example in Texas proves, what passes for "independence" these days is more like lazy and foolish.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source: Ode

Millions of deaths in developing countries can be prevented by access to basic health care. Some medical professionals are doing something about it.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2007, Source: Ode

A growing number of businesses are discovering that getting big is not the best measure of accomplishment. Which are the ones setting the trend?

Posted on: Mar 7, 2007, Source: Ode

A new movement called "beyond organic" aims to save land and communities. Is it the next ecological and social revolution or just another marketing tactic?

Posted on: Oct 16, 2006, Source: Ode

Burning jet fuel creates a large -- and growing -- share of greenhouse gases. But there may still be ways to see the world without harming it.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2006, Source: Ode

The European Court of Human Rights shows how justice can cross borders. It could be a model for the whole planet.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2006, Source: Ode

High-powered technology can manipulate reality and disseminate falsehoods on a scale never before seen.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2006, Source: Ode

Our greatest shortcoming in finding a solution to social problems may be the notion that there is only one.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2006, Source: Ode

From Copehagen to Bellevue, a movement has emerged to reclaim public spaces.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2006, Source: Ode

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake's theories turn everything we know about the universe inside out.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2005, Source: Ode

As millions of Asian citizens jubilantly embrace driving, some experts predict an enviro nightmare.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2005, Source: Ode

Has the power of TV and movies played a role in turning Americans away from cities and public spaces?

Posted on: Mar 4, 2005, Source: Ode

When it comes to schools, stores, buildings, neighborhoods, civic groups and even countries, small is not only beautiful, but more efficient and satisfying.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2005, Source: Ode

Is changing the world still hip? Two books that set out to chronicle the cutting edge of American culture give social change short shrift.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2004, Source: Utne

Even at a time when politicians in Washington are allocating billions for another round of mega-highway construction and pop culture celebrates the sexy supremacy of Hummer drivers, there is an emerging movement to reclaim our right to take a walk.

Posted on: May 22, 2002, Source: Utne

Wealthy, educated urbanites who would never permit themselves to poke fun at welfare mothers or immigrants freely make cracks about spongy white bread and Miracle Whip.