Friday, May 20, 2011

Highly Recommended: The Great Neighborhood Book

Here's an excellent read on how to recapture that sense of belonging and pride of place in your neighborhood, from the Project for Public Spaces. Follow PPS on Twitter at @PPS_Placemaking.

We’ll let the book’s testimonials speak for themselves:

“Here’s a Declaration of Independence for America’s neighborhoods. It shows how it hardly matters how rich or poor you are, or whether City Hall recognizes your zip code or not. The building blocks for great place-making are revealed and explained — for you to build on.”

- Neal Peirce, Citistates Group and Washington Post Writers Group

“We’re often told that regular people have no power anymore. But when they get together with their neighbors to work on important issues in their own backyard, anything is possible. Jay Walljasper regales us with stories of folks all over the country who have rolled up their sleeves to make big changes to their neighborhood — and the world. So, read on, get riled up, roll up your sleeves…and take power.”

- Jim Hightower, author of Thieves in High Places and The Hightower Lowdown

“The willful destruction of public life in America has been so stupendous that heroic efforts must now be mounted to restore it. This includes especially the actual places where public life may dwell and thrive. The Great Neighborhood Book is a superb manual for this campaign — to take back the places where our buildings meet the street.”

- James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere

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