By Geertje Slingerland // The contribution of the book lies in its practicality and applicability, showing us how this knowledge is operationalized in real-life cases and communities. As such, this book can be best read by fellow city-makers, urban planners, as well as researchers interested in the bottom-up approach for inspiration and to find applicable ideas for setting up community…
By Alison Sant // The 34th Avenue Open Street shows how urban roads can be repurposed to make a more livable city. Even more, it is an example of how communities must lead these efforts so that streets reflect a common vision for what communities care about.
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By Alison Sant // The biggest realization for a lot of people is that there is life in New York’s Harbor.
By Jared Green // In her review, Grace Mitchell Tada, ASLA, writes: “From activists and community organizers, landscape architects and city planners, policy makers and city officials, Sant’s cast of characters demonstrate the complexity and nuance that go into creating urban change. It’s the details from her interviews that make this book a valuable tool. Seeing how change is made…
By James Brasuell, Diana Ionescu, Josh Stephens // An annual list of the must-read books related to urban planning and its intersecting fields.
By Grace Mitchell Tada, ASLA // “This book is a call to action.” It is that invocation from Alison Sant that propels the narratives in her book — ‘From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities.’ She presents how people in cities across the U.S. are creating equitable communities that can withstand the changes wrought by climate change.…
By Alison Sant // YES on J and L and NO on I.
By Anne Lissett // Alison Sant’s inspiring book showcases how individual communities, local community leaders, and grassroots organizations have put the classic adage “Think global, act local” into action and made real, meaningful improvements to quality of life while reducing carbon emissions in major American cities.
By Maureen Nandini Mitra // The key to regenerative cities ultimately rests in a broad sense of community.
By Alison Sant // Alison Sant laid the foundation for her book with a simple premise–best resiliency practices come from the Car-centric streets are dangerous and perpetuate inequity, but the pandemic has pointed us to ways we can better use our public spaces.