The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking

The Great Neighborhood Book A Do it Yourself Guide to Placemaking 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 di

  • Title: The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
  • Author: Jay Walljasper Project for Public Spaces
  • ISBN: 9780865715813
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 connecAbandoned 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 policymakers.Jay Walljasper is a senior fellow of Project for Public Spaces PPS , whose mission is to create and sustain enriching public places that build communities He is a former editor of The Utne Reader and currently executive editor of Ode magazine Inspired by European cities, The Great Neighborhood Book highlights practical solutions for the revitalization of North American cities.

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    1. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)Gentrification. There. I said it. It's an instantly controversial term, one that means profoundly different things to different people; for some it's ultimately positive, a process of cleaning up slummy inner-city neighborhoods and making them thriving family communities again, while for others it's ulti [...]

    2. Lots of fantastic ideas for building a stronger sense of community in your neighborhood!Published in 2007, the book is in need of an update - with glossy pages, color photographs, and current stats. I'd also like to see more practical + detailed ideas for throwing block parties, organizing parades, planning backyard dinners, etc.

    3. More an idea and resource book than a how-to, this book provides some inspirational reading for bringing a sense of belonging and connection to our neighborhoods and towns. I especially appreciated that the examples are not solely US-centric but include a good assortment from Canada and Britain as well as some from Europe. Gratifying that some places I've lived (Madison, WI, North Carolina) and projects I've participated in (EcoTeams) are included. Depressing to find my current location complete [...]

    4. This book is easy to read. It's not a book full of research. It's a book full of examples of ways people have improved their communities. It strongly advocates getting people out of cars and onto the streets.on foot, on bicycle, etc, strong public spaces, and getting people together. It definitely has an urban focus. Most of the examples are urban and some of the suggestions (put a bench in your front yard) definitely work in suburbia, but a lot of them would not. Honestly, I probably won't atte [...]

    5. This 173-page book is full of ideas about how to improved neighborhoods. The ideas are short--only 1-4 pages each--and often accompanied by a success story or two. The ideas are gathered into eight chapters around themes like transportation, safety, clean & green, economic vibrancy, etc. This is more of a resource of ideas that one can refer to, rather than a book with a logical thread that runs cover-to-cover. This is an excellent resource for anyone concerned with neighborhood revitalizati [...]

    6. The Great Neighborhood Book is a fast and easy read, full of suggestions that will inspire you to make your neighborhood more like a village.Assuming, that is, that you live in a city. I docked a star because there's absolutely nothing in the book for rural dwellers, and the author seems actively opposed to us in spots. Anyone have a suggestion for a similar book for those of us who hate cities?

    7. Not the most comprehensive book on planning and community development, but certainly provides an interesting array of powerful vignettes. A better book for true beginners to the concept of re-centralizing community than guide for those looking to make an impact in the near future. Several stories were particularly inspiring however, and the Great Neighborhood Book does lead one to re-believe in the power of small actions for great good.

    8. A large collection of how-to stories about people improving their neighborhood. Project for Public Spaces, the group that compiled the book, calls it "placemaking" - making your block or street a more friendly, safe, and interactive place to live. Apart from being inspirational, reading these stories is just plain fun.

    9. I'm currently involved with a neighborhood group that is working to revitalize a neglected public space on our street as well as build community and pride in our ever-changing neighborhood. This book has given me/us great ideas to help develop our block into the small-town feel of a community where neighbors know each other and help each other.

    10. This is a collection of stories and successful projects all designed to inspire anyone to improve their quality of life, by improving their neighborhood. I found a few ideas which I hope to implement, like setting up a walking school bus. However, one of the best parts of this book is realizing the great things that already exist in your neighborhood!

    11. This book has some great ideas and is generally very well written, although by about 75% of the way through the book, Mr. Walljasper's anecdotes start to sound a bit repetitious, as if he's trying to stretch his material across too many pages.

    12. It's a fast read with some good ideas, but it's a bit basic if you've read anything on urban planning or urban design. That said, this is a good starting place for those looking for a foothold to give their neighborhood a boost.

    13. This book is meant entirely for urban populations. It does not even address rural neighborhoods.Too bad.If you live in a city, it's great.

    14. good start for the lay-person, wanting to actually invest in their local space. It doesn't matter what a person's economy is, we are responsible for creating out own communities.

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