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Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  4 reviews
National drug chains squeeze local pharmacies out of business, while corporate downsizing ships jobs overseas. All across America, communities large and small are losing control of their economies to outside interests. Going Local shows how some cities and towns are fighting back. Refusing to be overcome by Wal-Marts and layoffs, they are taking over abandoned factories, s ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published August 25th 2000 by Routledge (first published December 1st 1998)
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Tim
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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Overall I think it was a good book. A nice introduction and expansion of what it means to "go local". The book is short on details though and reads as pie in the sky wishful thinking.

My big issue with the book is that Shuman advocates for more local power and smaller units of government, but glosses over the dangers of parochialism. Call me a cynic, but I just don't believe that people are as good natured as Shuman does. Smaller government may be closer to citizens, but that doesn't mean that ci
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Perez Malone
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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Overall I think it was a good book. A nice introduction and expansion of what it means to "go local". The book is short on details though and reads as pie in the sky wishful thinking.

My big issue with the book is that Shuman advocates for more local power and smaller units of government, but glosses over the dangers of parochialism. Call me a cynic, but I just don't believe that people are as good natured as Shuman does. Smaller government may be closer to citizens, but that doesn't mean that ci
...more
David
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This guy is preaching the gospel, billions in lobbying and PR notwithstanding. It's mostly still relevant, except that there are references to President Clinton and to Enron (pre-scandal).
Maggie
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic for me and the work I do. Shuman is a great writer for NOW.
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