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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has worked for 30 years in over 1,500 communities in 47 states and 24 countries to create and sustain public places that build communities. PPS was founded to build upon the pioneering Street Life Project of writer-sociologist William H. Whyte, and has published over 14 books and studies.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary Nelson on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Great Neighborhood Book is full of examples and ideas for
down to earth you and me kinds of action that inspire and energize
to make things happen in our neighborhoods. It includes getting to know
neighbors, putting benches out at natural pausing places, greening and
gardening ideas, and simple suggestions. Recommend it for community
organizations, individuals and planning groups.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Written by Jay Walljasper, a Senior Fellow of the Project for Public Spaces, The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking is a how-to guide for local communities to improve the quality of life for their residents through building shared bonds. From creating great places to hang out (a park with few hidden spaces and scattered vendors selling refreshments is more likely to deter homeless people and drug dealers from using it), to reducing crime (ordinary people's eyes and physical presence on the street are much more likely to deter crime than iron bars on windows), foster economic vitality (promoting locally grown/cooked/made food is kind to the environment as well as the local economy), and much more. Drawing heavily upon real-life examples in communities that made a measurable positive difference, The Great Neighborhood book blends practicality and inspiration into an uplifting whole and is enthusiastically recommended reading for concerned citizens, neighborhood watch groups, and municipal boards, among many others.
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This book is geared towards neighborhoods that benefit from a retail area being nearby. I live in a subdivision of 380 homes so it really did not help me as much as I would have liked.
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By P. Dang on October 18, 2013
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Great book, informative and inspires you to improve your neighbourhood by doing small actions. I highly recommend it if you want to do your part in making your community a better place.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah Smith on June 25, 2010
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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.
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