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Jan
31

Open the Gates You Keep

I often hear colleagues lament the indifference, resistance—or outright opposition—among gatekeepers to directly take on social, health, and racial inequity in communities. These gatekeepers include legislators, mayors, school board members, ...

Dec
07

Six Reasons to Believe in Government

We often hear that public confidence in government is at an all-time low. According to 60 years of public polling, the American people have an increasingly unfavorable view of government. ...

Aug
23

Monuments to Racism Undermine Community Health

Recent events in Charlottesville, VA have sent us reeling. At Active Living By Design, we believe that health and well-being are essential human rights, and we know that the connections ...

Apr
26

How I Benefited from Unfair Housing

Fighting American Nationals picket in front of CORE (Congress of Racial Equity) protesters who were demanding Levitt & Sons to open the Belair subdivision in Bowie, MD, to African Americans. ...

Feb
08

Advancing Equity in Two Florida Communities

A Conversation with Laureen Husband Today’s shifting political environment has increased urgency in the struggle for equity. New federal policies will impact the resources we have to address critical community health ...

Nov
30

A Conversation with Rocio Muñoz on Lasting Resident Leadership and Action for Equity

This season urges us to reflect on what gives us meaning. At Active Living By Design (ALBD), we often find that it’s our relationships. Earlier this fall, ALBD promised to ...

Sep
08

Introducing: Where are They Now?

Over the past 14 years, Active Living By Design (ALBD) has collaborated with amazing professionals and change agents who are talented and committed organizers of healthy community initiatives. Typically, our ...

Jul
13

Learning and Growing at a Small-Town Farmers’ Market

On a sunny spring Saturday in 2015 in Zebulon, NC, its Community Center became the town’s very first open air market connecting local farmers and residents. The Zebulon ...

May
11

Atlanta’s BeltLine: So Much More than a Walkway

"Tony Comes Home" by William Massey is one of the many BeltLine art installments. Massey called on the community to help him gather found objects that make up this magnificent ...

Apr
08

Finding Common Ground with Human-Centered Design

Last week, I spent an afternoon with a group of new friends reimagining Rockaway Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. We listened as a community health advocate ...

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