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Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era

Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era

Making a Place for Community looks into the downfall of the community. It argues that unchanging contemporary policies will continue to foster the decline of the community.

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ISBN 9780415947411
Barcode 9780415947411
Published 18 September 2003 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Williamson, Thad
By Imbroscio, David
By Alperovitz, Gar
Foreword by Barber, Benjamin
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ISBN-13 9780415947411
ISBN-10 0415947413
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 18 September 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Williamson, Thad
By Imbroscio, David
By Alperovitz, Gar
Foreword by Barber, Benjamin
Category Social Groups & Communities
Political Economy
Urban & Municipal Planning
Number of Pages 424
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Community development, Urban, Urban economics
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education
Dewey Code 307.1416
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Scenes from small-town America in the 21st century: Downtown shops are boarded up as Wal-Marts sprawl across the landscape. Factories close, lured to the next state by government handouts. Traffic jams snarl country roads. Yet, for every declining Hartford, CT there's a boomtown like Athens, GA. Why? What is wrong with our communities? The problem, argue the authors of this visionary work, is not in our lack of civic pride but in the triple threat our towns and cities face: globalization, the chase for jobs and the challenge of sprawl. These forces-which we created with misguided policies-destroy not only local democracy, but America's long-term economic health. Grounded in decades of research, Making a Place for Community offers brilliant solutions that defy conventional wisdom. Without busting the budget and halting development, the authors' smart new policies and grass-roots solutions, from land trusts to local ownership, show how to reign in sprawl and anchor jobs in the community. Until we face the issues of decay and isolation at the local level, any attempts to revitalize downtown or restore family values are sure to fail. Making a Place for Community is a vivid blueprint for rebuilding the heart of American life--its towns and cities.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An indispensable primer for the new century.. <br>-From the foreword by Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad v. McWorld <br> Replete with theoretical insights, strong substantive arguments and thoughtful policy analyses.. <br>-William Julius Wilson, author of When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor <br> An Illuminating and rigorous tour of the existing landscape of community life and the ongoing efforts to foster development. It is a terrific catalogue of promising ideas.. <br>-William Greider, author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism <br> Essential reading for every city, country and state official and engaged citizen and an invaluable reference source to which they will return for years to come.. <br>-David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World <br>

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Author's Bio

Gar Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, has a leading voice in the communitarian movement for 30 years. His book, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb is the definitive history of the subject. He serves on the editorial board of Tikkun, and his articles appear frequently in The Nation, The Boston Review and The Washington Post. Thad Williamson is a researcher at Harvard University. He has written for The Nation, In These Times and Monthly Review. David L. Imbroscio is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville.

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