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Paperback – 192 pages
7.5 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 400 Grams
BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865715813
Pub. Date: 2007-06-01

About the Authors

Jay Walljasper

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 Utne Reader and currently Executive Editor of Ode Magazine.

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Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

Project For Public Spaces (PPS) is an internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities. PPS has worked in over 2000 communities in 47 states and 26 countries to improve parks, markets, streets, transit stations, libraries and countless other places. They have deeply influenced the way cities and towns approach public space.

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The Great Neighborhood Book

A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking

by Jay Walljasper & Project for Public Spaces (PPS)



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.

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