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Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder

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One of the world's foremost urban designers shares his passion and methods for rejuvenating neglected cities and argues passionately for the importance and possibilities of their renewal.

From a youth spent in the boroughs of New York City and other great cities of the world, to his beginnings as an architect in Toronto, Ken Greenberg has long recognized that cities at thei
Published May 17th 2011 by Random House Canada (first published January 1st 2011)
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Electric Landlady
If you like Jane Jacobs you'll probably like Ken Greenberg, the implementation to Jacobs' theory. While this book is particularly resonant if you live in Toronto, where Greenberg has lived and worked for decades, it's full of fascinating anecdotes of city building (failed and successful) all over the world. Very inspiring to those of us who love cities and want them to keep working.

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A very interesting discussion of the urban environment and good city building. The author lives in Toronto currently, so there was lots of local discussion, but he's lived and worked in a variety of places, so there was context.
The question goodreads reviews ask is "What did you think?", well in this case the book is designed to tell you what the author thinks (I suppose all books do that) about planning and community engagement. It was interesting to see how he takes the ideas of Jane Jacobs and the theme of City's can save the world, and makes the case for that ideal through urban design, as opposed to planning. Greenberg offers a wealth of insight and knowledge about integrating design elements into city building. H ...more
A good look at how cities have reinvented (or protected) themselves to create the vibrancy that enables them to thrive. Lots of examples from Greenberg's years of experience in the field, but perhaps not the depth I was hoping for with any individual one.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in the livability of their city! Very readable, and lots of food for thought.
Brian Walker
An amazing look into how cities function, how they are built, and how we can do better. Highly recommended for anyone interested in these subjects, especially Torontonians.
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