4 Books to Help You Reclaim Your Neighborhood & Reinvent Your Community

No one will question that we’re facing a plethora of global challenges, and while it may be more challenging to determine what we can do for those in cities and towns thousands of miles from us, many people are turning to their own neighborhoods and communities as places to become changemakers. From transition towns to local currencies and food systems to co-ops and collaborative efforts, people are gathering to look at where they live with a fresh eye and working to reclaim their neighborhoods and reinvent their communities. There are numerous sources available to help you get started in your own community; here are 4 books we suggest:

Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods
by Dan Chiras and Dave Wann (2003)
Offers practical ideas for creating more socially-, economically-, and environmentally-sustainable neighborhoods, as well as strategies for recreating our urban and suburban neighborhoods.

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
by Rob Hopkins (2008)
Starting in the UK, the “transition towns” movement has blossomed to communities around the world. Hopkins describes how several towns in the UK are taking back their power to create sustainable, healthy communities and offers practical advice for taking action in our own communities.

All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons
by Jay Walljasper (2010)
Offering a new way of thinking about how we live, this book outlines what’s involved in creating a commons-based society and offers examples and resources for what people and communities around the world are doing to reshape our view of the world and to revolutionize our relationships with each other and with all that we share.

The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
by Jay Walljasper (2007)
For the beginning neighborhood enthusiast. Divided into 8 chapters, each section offers basic tips for fostering a sense of community through strategies involving economics, transportation, safety, pleasure, placemaking, sustainable living, and more. The tips are accompanied by numerous success stories that highlight what people and organizations in communities around the world are doing to reclaim their neighborhoods and communities.

~ Marsha

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