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The Good City by Allan B Jacobs
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Allan Jacobs, former director of the San Francisco Planning Department and a University of California, Berkeley professor emeritus, effectively covers a lot of ground in this book comprised of essays and short stories. Beginning with a description of...more
Great City Parks by Alan Tate
Great City Parks
by Alan Tate
read in April, 2014
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Alan Tate, in his wonderful survey of 20 great city parks around the world, reminds us that these community and cultural gems don't develop on their own. From the smallest (New York City’s Paley Park) to the largest (Minneapolis Park System), the par...more
Urban Green by Peter Harnik
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Peter Harnik's "Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities" is an engagingly concise exploration of innovative approaches to developing urban public spaces. He does a magnificent job, in 160 pages of text and additional resources listed at th...more
The Politics of Public Space by Setha M. Low
The Politics of Public Space
by Setha M. Low
read in January, 2014
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Setha Low and Neil Smith, as editors and contributors to "The Politics of Public Space," create an intriguing and often thought-provoking exploration of our ideas of public spaces and public commons. Their context, they explain up front, is "the broa...more
The Anti-Education Era by James Paul Gee
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We won't find the terms personal learning networks (PLNs) or connected learning anywhere in James Paul Gee's wonderfully stimulating book "The Anti-Education Era." But his plea for greater collaboration, the use of what he calls "affinity spaces," an...more
The Adult Learner, Sixth Edition by Malcolm S. Knowles
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Reading the sixth edition of "The Adult Learner" reminds us why the book justifiably carries the subtitle "The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development"--and why a seventh edition is also available. It's thoughtful. It's t...more
Citizenville by Gavin Newsom
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One of the sweetest moments in what is a wonderful paean to community, collaboration, and the technology that can help foster those two critically important elements of civilization comes when Gavin Newsom, in the acknowledgment section at the end of...more
Face2Face by David Lee King
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The fact that Facebook has more than 1 billion registered users doesn't in any way suggest that there are more than 1 billion skilled users of social media tools worldwide. So a book like David Lee King's "face2face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Othe...more
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