Easy ways to improve your (public) life

Jay Walljasper | June 2005 issue

* Sow flower seeds in vacant lots, median strips, and anywhere that could use a little more life. Plant flowers in your front yard or a window box.

*Throw a party and invite everyone on the block or in your building. Spend a little time discussing what you’d like to see improved in the neighbourhood.

* Adopt a public space near your home—pick up the litter, take care of it and let the proper authorities know when something needs their attention.

* Always buy lemonade from kids at a sidewalk stand.

* Patronize locally-owned businesses.

* Adopt the German custom of a Stamcafé—a local place that is your regular hang-out.

* Put a bench in front of your home or business so people can stop to talk.

* When no one’s looking, try out the local playground.

* Drive slow enough to see the passing landscape.

* Stop your car or bike to let pedestrians pass, even if you have the right-of-way.

* Lobby local officials to install traffic calming and other measures to tame autos in your community.

* Do your web surfing or e-mail correspondence in cafés.

* Take the bus or train somewhere you would usually drive, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

* Bike somewhere you would usually take the bus or train, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

* Walk somewhere you would usually bike, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

* Hang out on your street at a time you would usually walk, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

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Easy ways to improve your (public) life

Jay Walljasper | June 2005 issue

* Sow flower seeds in vacant lots, median strips, and anywhere that could use a little more life. Plant flowers in your front yard or a window box.

*Throw a party and invite everyone on the block or in your building. Spend a little time discussing what you’d like to see improved in the neighbourhood.

* Adopt a public space near your home—pick up the litter, take care of it and let the proper authorities know when something needs their attention.

* Always buy lemonade from kids at a sidewalk stand.

* Patronize locally-owned businesses.

* Adopt the German custom of a Stamcafé—a local place that is your regular hang-out.

* Put a bench in front of your home or business so people can stop to talk.

* When no one’s looking, try out the local playground.

* Drive slow enough to see the passing landscape.

* Stop your car or bike to let pedestrians pass, even if you have the right-of-way.

* Lobby local officials to install traffic calming and other measures to tame autos in your community.

* Do your web surfing or e-mail correspondence in cafés.

* Take the bus or train somewhere you would usually drive, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

* Bike somewhere you would usually take the bus or train, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

* Walk somewhere you would usually bike, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

* Hang out on your street at a time you would usually walk, and pay attention to what you usually miss.

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