Walk for Your Life! Restoring Neighborhood Walkways to Enhance Community Life, Improve Street Safety and Reduce Obesity
Marie Demers

 

With obesity at an all-time high, America's sidewalks vanishing from our suburbs, pedestrians and bicyclists at risk along many thoroughfares, and a looming fuel crisis on the horizon, we need to reevaluate personal and societal walking values. This thought-provoking book calls for the restoration of a walkable environment as a starting point for addressing these pressing issues.

 

Walk for Your Life! Restoring Neighb...

 

Marie Demers

 

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Building a Community from the Inside Out: A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets

John Kretzman and John McKnight

This guide to what the authors call "asset-based community development" summarizes lessons learned by studying successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of neighborhoods across the United States. It outlines in simple, "neighborhood-friendly" terms what local communities can do to start their own journey down the path of asset-based development.

This book will be helpful to local community leaders, leaders of local associations and institutions, government officials, and leaders in the philanthropic and business communities who wish to support effective community-building strategies.

 

Building Communities From The Inside...

Kretzmann

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The Guide to Community Preventive Services: What Works to Promote Health?

Task Force on Community Preventive Services, Stephanie Zaza, Peter A. Briss, and Kate W. Harris

As the gold standard for evidence-based public health, this book will be a primary resource for improving health and preventing disease, whether in states, communities, local organizations, healthcare organizations, worksites, or schools. Developed under the leadership of the independent, non-federal Task Force on Community Preventive Services, the Guide is based on comprehensive, systematic review methods for evaluating population-oriented health interventions.

The Guide to Community Preventive Se...

Stephanie, Ed. Zaz...

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Great Neighborhood Book: A Doityourself Guide to Placemaking
by Jay Walljasper

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.

 

Great Neighborhood Book

Jay Walljasper

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Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto
by David Tracey

The term "guerrilla" may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on a stealth mission. In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty. Once an environmentalist's nonviolent direct action for inner-city renewal, this approach to urban beautification is spreading to all types of people in cities around the world.

 

Guerrilla Gardening

David Tracey

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