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"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighborhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, 'Power to the People.' In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities, his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected officials."--Paul Schell, former Mayor of Seattle "A very readable account which touches on many of the major challenges facing every city in the country."--John P. Kretzmann, co-author of Building Communities from Inside Out

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"Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighborhood movement which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, ‘Power to the People.’ In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities, his writing is a must―read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected officials."― Paul Schell, former Mayor of Seattle

"A very readable account which touches on many of the major challenges facing every city in the country."― John P. Kretzmann, coauthor of Building Communities from Inside Out

"One of the most hopeful signs for the revitalization of American cities and indeed for the rejuvenation of American democracy is the neighborhood movement which is sweeping communities across America. Jim Diers has chronicled the vigorous debates which accompanied the blossoming of neighborhood power in Seattle. The neighborhood movement in Seattle not only helped cement that city's reputation as one of the most beautiful and civically minded cities in America, but has provided an example for local leader across the nation."―Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

"Some writers talk about democracy, but Jim Diers has done it. Here he gracefully shares his invaluable experience, proving that democracy is not something done to us or for us, it's what we ourselves do to create communities that work for all. Neighbor Power is rich in lessons that any community can apply. An antidote to despair―a must read in trying times!"―Frances Moore Lappéco―, author of Hope's Edge and You Have the Power

"Few people in this country know as much about community building as Jim Diers. The case studies and ideas in this book are extremely powerful evidence that real communities are knit together by the public places they share, and show how small ideas from ordinary citizens can make an entire city thriving and beautiful."―Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces

"Dozens of towns, cities, and suburbs are replicating the outstanding community building programs pioneered by Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods. Neighbor Power supplies the inspiration and the techniques for building strong neighborhood communities from the ground up."―Judy Corbett, Executive Director, Sacramento Local Government Commission

"Jim Diers's approach to neighborhood empowerment is gaining popularity in Japan. Thanks to Neighbor Power, we can now put Seattle's programs into action."―Yuko Nishimura, Komazawa University, Tokyo

"Finally, a book sharing the 'how we did it' of Seattle's neighborhoods. Neighbor Power bursts with inspirational ideas, proven in practice, for building community. It is a must read for all students of planning and community development, local government managers and elected officials, and neighborhood leaders―in fact, anyone who cares about how we live together and create community."―Linda Campbell, Manager for City Council, Shellharbour, Australia

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; F First Edition edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295984449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295984445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Darlene Rudd on January 29, 2005
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It was cheering to learn that, in a city obsessed with reaching impossible consensus before acting, things are actually getting done here. I also learned some delightful details about when, where, and how certain Seattle landmarks were born.

If you're an activist, you'll find some concrete, useful theories and techniques on how to accomplish your goals. I'm no activist. But reading about these small, very important changes--made by common citizens--could make an activist out of anyone.
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Neighbor Power is an excellent book! Smart. Funny. Inspiring. If you're interested in Seattle---or if you're interested in community building---or if you're interested in how local government works (and sometimes fails to work)---or if you're just interested in people and you like hearing good stories---read this book.
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As a resident in a transitional neighborhood, I find the example and stories in this book inspiring. The book is informative with examples of individual contributions making a difference as well as the power when people organize.
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This story of a city government responsive to community people and empowering them to build better communities through small grants and support is inspiring and hopeful...both for our neighborhoods (especially those so often left out) and people, as well as for a kind of government that partners with people to make things happen. Stimulating and gives ideas that can be replicated elsewhere. Mary Nelson
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