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True Notebooks: A Writer's Year At Juvenile Hall
True Notebooks
A Writer's Year At Juvenile Hall
Paperback      ISBN: 0375727612
The author of the best-selling Iron & Silk shares his experiences working with kids in Central Juvenile Hall, a jail for kids located near Los Angeles, assisting them with their writing. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Great Neighborhood Book: A Doityourself Guide to Placemaking
Great Neighborhood Book
A Doityourself Guide to Placemaking
Paperback      ISBN: 0865715815
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 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.
Toward the Livable City
Toward the Livable City
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1571312714
Collects writings by fifteen authorities on urban life who have witnessed first-hand the successful, or unsuccessful, application of urban revitalization to underprivileged communities, in a guide for planners, activists, architects, and others on such topics as riverfront redevelopment, farming, traffic, and opportunity-based housing. Original.
Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life
Pedal Power
The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1594514631
This book examines the surging national interest in bike-friendly public policies and argues that this growth is likely to escalate. Currents in U.S. culture that have supported the dominance of the car are edging toward exhaustion. At the same time, other factors including congestion, contentious and unreliable energy resources, rising pollution, and global warming support the expansion of the bike's use. A surprising array of political organizations, visionary politicians, and colorful individuals powers this movement.
Urban Structure Matters: Residential Location, Car Dependence And Travel Behaviour
Urban Structure Matters
Residential Location, Car Dependence And Travel Behaviour
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415375746
Going beyond previous investigations into urban land use and travel, Petter Næss presents new research from Denmark on residential location and travel to show how and why urban spatial structures affect people's travel behaviour. In a comprehensive case study of the Copenhagen metropolitan area, Næss combines traditional quantitative travel surveys with qualitative interviews in order to identify the more detailed mechanisms through which urban structure affects travel behaviour. The case study findings are compared with those from other Nordic countries and analyzed and evaluated in the light of relevant theory and literature to provide solid, valuable conclusions for planning sustainable urban development. With a broader range of statistics than previous studies and conclusions of international relevance,Urban Structure Matters provides well-grounded conclusions for how spatial planning of urban areas can be used to reduce car dependence and achieve a more sustainable development of cities.
The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
The Corner
A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
Paperback      ISBN: 0767900316
Chronicles the experiences of a broken family over the course of a year to illustrate life in Baltimore's drug-racked inner-city
Repairing the American Metropolis: Common Place Revisited
Repairing the American Metropolis
Common Place Revisited
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295982306
Following up on his earlier work Common Place , Kelbaugh (architecture and urban planning, U. of Michigan) suggests steps for implementing the concepts of New Urbanism on the American landscape. Based on ideals of community and sustainability, the New Urbanism seeks to downplay planning around the automobile, conserve natural resources, promote mixed usage areas, and visually fit the built environment into the natural environment. Although his topic is the American city in general, many examples are taken from Detroit and Seattle. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Paperback      ISBN: 0679781803
It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder rate is fueled by the cocaine trade, racial discontent, and an undeclared war on the island ninety miles to the south. As Didion follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.
Rats: Observations On The History And Habitat Of The City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
Observations On The History And Habitat Of The City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
Paperback      ISBN: 1582344779
The author dispenses rat facts and rat stories, looking into the history of rats, and describes how, with the aid of a notebook and night-vision gear, he sat nightly in a garbage-filled alley getting to know the wild city rat.
Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century
Home from Nowhere
Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0684837374
Describes the landscape debates and movements in America that attempt to restore the beauty of its dwelling places