Community Building

Postcards From the Neighborhoods You Only Hear About on the News

A DIY project that wants to change people's stereotypes about their city.

Why Some Communities Police Themselves, While Others Don't

Familiarity and social ties influence our decision to intervene on behalf of others. 

One Answer to San Francisco's Overpriced Housing: 'Co-Living'

Not quite communes, these young people are seeking cheaper, more diverse living arrangements, plus family-style meals.

The Paradox of Diverse Communities

It turns out the most cohesive neighborhoods are almost never the most diverse ones. But does that mean we shouldn't fight against self-segregation?

A Bucket List for the Entire World

Artist Candy Chang posted blackboards for people to write out what they want to do "before they die." The project became an international hit.

Practical Lessons for Turning Around a Neighborhood in Decline

New Haven's once sketchy Chatham Square is now safe, with annual festivals that draw visitors from around the city.

The Soccer King of Detroit

Sean Mann works to build community with a neighborhood-based league and a new local minor league team.

The Secret Lives of Zipcar Drivers

Think the system runs on sharing, community and trust? You're wrong.

Why You Should Give Away Free Stuff To Your Neighbors

Research suggests that people who participate in Freecycle communities experience greater group identity and solidarity.

The Tricky Second Wave of Urban Highway Removals

For a lot of cities, demolishing the most obvious candidates was the easy part

Town Pride and the Penn State Scandal

Why State College residents are responding with such outrage to Joe Pa's firing