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Abandoned lots and litter-strewn pathways, or rows of green beans and pockets of wildflowers? Graffiti-marked walls and desolate bus stops, or shady refuges and comfortable seating? What transforms a dingy, inhospitable area into a dynamic gathering place? How do individuals take back their neighborhood?
Neighborhoods decline when the people who live there lose their connection and no longer feel part of their community. Recapturing that sense of belonging and pride of place can be as simple as planting a civic garden or placing some benches in a park.
The Great Neighborhood Book explains how most struggling communities can be revived, not by vast infusions of cash, not by government, but by the people who live there. The author addresses such challenges as traffic control, crime, comfort and safety, and developing economic vitality. Using a technique called "placemaking"-- the process of transforming public space-this exciting guide offers inspiring real-life examples that show the magic that happens when individuals take small steps, and motivate others to make change.
This book will motivate not only neighborhood activists and concerned citizens but also urban planners, developers and policy-makers.(2006-11-06)
The book was informative on what is necessary in bringing a community together. However I was looking for something that would explain more of the philosophy behind how this came... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ceefjay
A very cursory, basic overview about socializing with neighbors. Frankly, a waste of 175 "acid-free... post-consumer recycled" pages. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by T. Reise
Very helpful resource. One can pick it up and start from anywhere. Very pertinent to a variety of projects and neighborhoods/towns/cities large or small.Published on June 25, 2010 by Jeremiah Smith