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Our Towns

Ction on a national level reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself but it also reflects the energy the generosity and compassion the dreams and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better Our Towns is the story of their journey and an account of a country busy remaking itsel I m not sure what to make of this It works okay as a travel book the towns sound interesting with appealing museums restaurants and parks Travel however is of secondary concern to the authors and they could have skipped their descriptions of the coffee shops and biking trails and just focused on civic development The book might have been better with a title of something like Successful Strategies for Urban Revitalization and an editorial focus on analyzing conditions of success and failure It would also have been improved by spending some time looking at the other side of success at the towns that have not been able to pull themselves out of their downward spiral and what they plan to do about itIn many of these places the local leaders felt they had to get creative about finding ways to restore downtowns and bring in good jobs In better times this would have meant floating bonds and getting grants from the state but many of these places are in deep Red parts of the country where those fine Christians would rather see poor people starve and sick children die than pay an extra dollar in taxes As a result many of the localities decided to use public private partnerships a euphemism for giving tax dollars to developers Although these schemes can sometimes be successful they are practically an invitation to fraud and corruption They are especially suspect in that the national trend is away from suburban sprawl and toward a new urbanism so the give aways may not have been necessary at allA 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C servants librarians business people city planners students and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaignThe America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge but it is also crafting solutions with a practical minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics At times of dysfun Everyone should read this book It is full of information and examples on how to change a failing town or city into a prosperous one It also shows that if you want to make any type of change in this world everyone cannot go into a city and hope to be noticed because very few ever are but going to places where you will truly be needed Places where your work and skill will not only be appreciated even if it is a long while after you accomplish whatever goals you set but where the lives of others are changed Fear is just another emotion to be conuered We can all make an impact to the world around us This book may help you realize how and what you can do for the world around you A Pale Light in the Black of places that usually draw notice Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves or during a political campaignThe America they saw is acutely conscious Spieserye of its problems from economic dislocation to the Feral opioid scourge but it is also crafting solutions with a practical minded determination at dramatic Krismis van Map Jacobs odds with the bitter paralysis Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods of national politics At times Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche of dysfun Everyone should read this book It is full Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of information and examples Mensa Riddles Conundrums on how to change a failing town Julie of the Wolves or city into a prosperous The Right Swipe one It also shows that if you want to make any type Touched of change in this world everyone cannot go into a city and hope to be noticed because very few ever are but going to places where you will truly be needed Places where your work and skill will not Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa only be appreciated even if it is a long while after you accomplish whatever goals you set but where the lives Ugly Fish of The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives others are changed Fear is just another emotion to be conuered We can all make an impact to the world around us This book may help you realize how and what you can do for the world around you

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A vivid surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America town by town and generally out of view of the national media A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coastsFor the last five years James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single engine prop airplane Visiting dozens of towns they have met hundreds of civic leaders workers immigrants educators environmentalists artists publi So I loved the Atlantic article in which Fallows lays out the argument of the book which is probably why the book was disappointing And all the optimism about America I felt after reading that article is gone now because the book does not really support the thesis that American towns are doing great and are way better off than we think While I tend to prefer well done ethnographies and think they can often reveal than just data this book had neither data or deep ethnographic research It seems like they just flew into each town had beer at the new fancy microbrewery and then met someone from the chamber of commerce who told them that their town was the next tech center and that their main street was totally in revival mode I mean some of the towns I buy it but others seems like they were drinking a lot of the koolaid from the local tourist bureaus Some of the things that I did like was their focus on public libraries and public pools which end up being really important community resources Also I liked their observations about immigrants and refugees and how the a town has them the less they seem to be anti immigrant The main point they made in the article is that Trump s America and the cable news hatred of immigrants is not what they saw However they wrapped up their travel before the election Seems like they might need to do a follow up to see how that s changed All those people at those Trump rallies talking about building a wall have to live in some town right Maybe they should go there

  • Hardcover
  • 413
  • Our Towns
  • James M. Fallows
  • English
  • 11 May 2017
  • 9781101871843

10 thoughts on “Our Towns

  1. says:

    Not compelling And clunky

  2. says:

    So I loved the Atlantic article in which Fallows lays out the argument of the book which is probably why the book was disappointing And all the optimism about America I felt after reading that article is gone now because the book does not really support the thesis that American towns are doing great and are way better off than we think Whil

  3. says:

    The only part I feel right in commenting on is the Erie PA chapter because it hits close to home While the parts devoted to the immig

  4. says:

    Everyone should read this book It is full of information and examples on how to change a failing town or city into a prosperous one It also shows that if you want to make any type of change in this world everyone cannot go into a city and hope to be noticed because very few ever are but going to places where you will truly be needed Places where your work and skill will not only be appreciated even if it is

  5. says:

    Edited to fix typos because I should never ever try to write a review from my phone I liked the idea of the book I even like Fallows' magazine work This however grated on me Affluent WASP couple flies their priva

  6. says:

    This was my comfort read this year Whenever the news got me down I'd pick up this book and read about another American town that was trying t

  7. says:

    Our Towns a 100000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America was a look at the heartland of America as authors James and Deborah Fallows traversed from mid size town to mid size town in their Cirrus single engine aircraft over a period of four years interviewing politicians community and business leaders city planners health care providers educators students and residents of these diverse communities to determine if there was a com

  8. says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this It works okay as a travel book; the towns sound interesting with appealing museums restaurants and parks Travel however is of secondary concern to the authors and they could have skipped their descriptions of the coffee shops and biking trails and just focused on civic development The

  9. says:

    Journalists love bad news “if it bleeds it leads” Conflicts riots political shenanigans Donald Trump’s latest Twitter outrage The Fallows take a measured view Since 2013 he and his wife Deborah have been touring small and mid si

  10. says:

    The premise of this book offers so much potential Its execution feels like rote memorization of a standard outline covering the banal topics of

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