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Transforming Cities One Block at a Time
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 48
Themes: placemaking, community, neighborhood, creativity, inclusion, diversity
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 19/Mar/2019
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Picture a busy avenue. Now plant trees along the boulevard, paint a mural by the empty lot, and add a community garden. Set up benches along the sidewalks and make space for kids' chalk drawings, and you've set the scene for a thriving community. Placemaking—personalizing public and semi-private spaces like front yards—is a growing trend in cities and suburbs around the world, drawing people out of their homes and into conversation with one another.

Kids are natural placemakers, building tree forts, drawing on sidewalks and setting up lemonade stands, but people of all ages can enjoy creative placemaking activities. From Dutch families who drag couches and tables onto sidewalks for outdoor suppers to Canadians who build little lending libraries to share books with neighbors, people can do things that make life more fun and strengthen neighborhoods. Home Sweet Neighborhood combines upbeat text, fun facts and colorful photos to intrigue and inspire readers.

Kirkus Review
"An upbeat view of innovations in modern living."
Charles Montgomery, Author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Home Sweet Neighborhood makes me so happy! Michelle Mulder's delightful book is proof that, by working and playing together, all of us have the power to create better communities.
"Lively idea. An intriguing book on a good topic."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A vibrant introduction to community building through the practice of placemaking and how much one person can accomplish through small activities. Readers will be inspired by the variety of ideas and the stories of success to start placemaking in their own neighborhood. Highly Recommended."
The Horn Book Online
“Young people will get ideas for projects they could recreate in their own neighborhood...and may even be inspired to get involved in local politics.”


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