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Making Cities Work: How Two People Mobilized a Community to Meet its Needs
Making Cities Work: How Two People Mobilized a Community to Meet its Needs

Revised and updated edition. This is not only an inspiring and charming story by Basil Entwistle which describes how the initiative of a single dedicated couple made a huge difference in their town, but it is also a "a blueprint for the citizen action" America's cities need. A retired couple, John and Denise Wood, began quietly and persistently to go about uniting fellow citizens to deal with the problems facing their community: drugs, high unemployment among minority youth and children raised in poverty without proper health care. The resulting success of various programs generated through their efforts gives hope to all who would impact their neighborhood.  Trade paperback, illustrated, 208 pp., also in hardcover for $19.95.

"I have worked with John and Denise Wood in Pasadena. The process they pioneered in energizing citizens and mobilizing the diverse sectors of a community for the common good is on the cutting edge for cities today," says Ramon Cortines, School Superintendent, Los Angeles. Raymond Bakke, founder of International Urban Associates, Chicago, adds, "The Woods' approach can be put rather simply: a need is researched and documented, a diverse group of professionals linked to the issue sorts out the prioirties and selects the strategy, and a coalition emerges and goes into action. The Woods are wonderful listeners who refuse to be confrontational, possess a bountiful expectancy and make honest assessments, while avoiding finger-pointing." "Today's urban crisis can only be addressed through community action in concert with government action. John and Denise Wood have provided every concerned citizen with a clear mandate and direction," says Walter Kenney, mayor of Richmond, VA.

Author Basil Entwistle graduated from Oxford with first class honors in philosophy, politics and economics. He spent eight years in Japan after WW II helping in that country's democratic regeneration. After a long career as a college professor he retired to Santa Barbara, CA where he devotes himself to writing projects. Illustrator Patric Dawe is an architect and city planner.

Price: $12.95

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