Jay Walljasper

Jay Walljasper, Senior Fellow at On the Commons and editor of, created OTC’s book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. A speaker, communications strategist and writer and editor, he chronicles stories from around the world that point us toward a more equitable, sustainable and enjoyable future. He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and a senior associate at the urban affairs consortium Citiscope. Walljasper also writes a column about city life for and is a Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces and Augsburg College’s Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning. For more of his work, see

Stories by Jay Walljasper

Local residents were involved in the creation of the Campus Martius square in downtown Detroit, and they've embraced it as one of the city's favorite places. (By Michigan Municipal League under a Creative Commons license.) 

Placemaking---What Exactly Does It Mean?

March 28, 2015
A commons-based approach to planning that looks to the community as the experts

(By Graham Coreil-Allen under a Creative Commons license.)

America’s Most Walkable Suburb Offers Lessons for Towns Everywhere

March 25, 2015
Arlington, Virginia shows how feet on the street help a community thrive

Heritage Park YMCA in Minneapolis caters to seniors.  (By Twin Cities LISC under a Creative Commons license.)

Who Says Government Can't Innovate?

March 18, 2015
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority pioneers topnotch services for seniors

Bear Butte, sacred to 30 Indian tribes in North America. (By Clint Koehler under a Creative Commons license)

Saving the World’s Holy Places

March 10, 2015
A narrow interpretation of what’s sacred limits efforts to protect natural treasures

(Screenshot from a video by Allison Herrera for the Kulture Klub Collaborative)

A Commons Grows in Frogtown

February 10, 2015
Artist Seitu Jones and neighbors create a groundbreaking park in St. Paul's poorest and most diverse neighborhood

To love winter, simply find your inner child. (Photo by Tim Pierce under a Creative Commons license)

Cold Weather Cities Can Be Cool

February 9, 2015
How to keep places lively throughout the winter

Who's That Man? What's The Book?

January 21, 2015
Bill Clinton spotted carrying Peter Barnes' new book on commons solutions

(By Catholic Church of England and Wales under a Creative Commons license)

Vatican Lauds Commons in Fight Against Climate Chaos

January 19, 2015
The coming Encyclical from Pope Francis to emphasize Catholic teachings on protecting future generations

A light rail station in Santa Clara, California. (By Richard Masoner under a CC license)

11 Ways Transit, Bikes & Walk Move Us Toward a Brighter Future

January 11, 2015
21st century mobility is bigger and better than driverless cars

New York's High Line is a popular poster child for Creative Placemaking. (By David Berkowitz under a CC license)

What's All the Buzz About Creative Placemaking?

January 8, 2015
The idea is simple: put arts and culture at the center of urban revitalization
Great city neighborhoods are often mid-rise, not high-rise. (By La Citta Vita under a

Great city neighborhoods are often mid-rise, not high-rise. (By La Citta Vita under a CC license) 

How to Create Commons-Friendly Neighborhoods

December 4, 2014
Lively urban communities need streetlife, affordable housing and ample places for us to interact

By Tripu under a CC license

Birth of A Movement for Healthier & Happier Lives

November 15, 2014
Big steps toward making it easier for Americans to walk