Smart Growth Book Discussion Club

We have restarted our Smart Growth Book Discussion Club!

Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. We will be discussing What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and It’s Always Your Turn)  by Seth Godin (we have copies, so come even if you don’t have this book).

The chat will start at 2:00 pm at The Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

In future weeks, we will read Becoming Jane Jacobs by Peter Laurence, which you can order for $34.95 by calling Allentown’s Moravian Book Store at 610-351-0849.

 

READING LIST

Land use planning, sprawl, community & growth management

Charles Bohl, Place Making

AndreasDuany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, & Jeff Speck, Suburban Nation

Robert Fishman, Bourgeois Utopias

RichardFlorida, The Rise of the Creative Class

Thomas Hylton, Save Our Land, Save Our Towns

Kenneth T. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier

Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Peter Katz, The New Urbanism

James Howard Kunstler, Home from Nowhere

James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere

Lewis Mumford, The City in History

Richard Moe & Carter Wilkie, Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of  Sprawl

Anton Nelessen, Visions for a New American Dream

Ray Oldenburg, The Great Good Place

MyronOrfield, Metropolitics

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Witold Rybczynski, City Life

John Sewell, The Shape of the City

Raymond Unwin, Town Planning In Practice 


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Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. Come make your voice heard!

If you are reading a really interesting book and want to propose it for future discussions please contact us: smartgrowth@renewlv.org or call 484.893.1060.

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4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities
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Our 4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth was a huge success! We focused on social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. Check out the coverage of our event by The Morning Call here

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Last year on December 9th, 2016, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's fourth annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. We also held table discussions that covered topics such as strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At last year's Summit, we asked the questions:

•How do you balance what appears to be competing interests: Doing good and making money?

•How does overbearing local, state or federal laws prevent us from preserving quality of life and/or supporting smart growth?

•How do we achieve local self-determination without giving up some of the laudable goals of regulations intended to provide quality of life and prosperity for all?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed to last year's discussion! You made this event possible!

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RenewLV and our partners at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the City of Allentown, the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Easton held a one-of-a-kind virtual public meeting for Envision Lehigh Valley. 100 participants logged in through a live video feed, Facebook, Twitter, and live chat. Missed the meeting? View the full recording on YouTube here