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.

For June's discussion, we will be reading "The End of the Suburbs" by Leigh Gallagher. Pick up your copy at a local bookstore or swing by the Coffee House without Limits to browse a copy.

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

Hope to see you there!

Moving Ideas to Action

3rd Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities "Our Towns, Our Farms, Our Future"

On 12/4/15, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's third annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At the Summit, we asked the questions:

•How can we preserve open space while supporting job creation and economic development?

•How does a municipality strike a balance between paying its bills, preserving its individual appeal and supporting the local economy?

•Given the increasing market demand for locally grown and organic food, how can the region better grow a vibrant local food economy?

•How do we capitalize on our central location through an interconnected mass transit system rather than continuing to focus on widening our highways?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed! You made this event possible.

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Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Renew Lehigh Valley has often noted the benefits of smart growth development for municipalities, including cost savings. A new report by Smart Growth America details the benefits for municipalities realized through smart growth development. Read the full report here.

Watch the Envision Lehigh Valley Virtual Meeting

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

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