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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 Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the civic and economic reinvention The Real Deal taking place in America The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 town by The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories the country between its coastsFor The Winter of the Lions the last five years James and Deborah Fallows have been The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 traveling across America in a single engine prop airplane Visiting dozens of The Not So Invisible Woman towns A Short History of Egypt they have met hundreds of civic leaders workers immigrants educators environmentalists artists publi. 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Our Towns

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

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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. 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 size towns and cities in the US that fell on hard times and then bounced back asking uestions taking notes and reporting back on mostly positive stuff When was the last time you heard news from Sioux Falls SD Eastport ME or Greenville SC In their new book they report on 25 places where they spent some time talked to people and wrote stuff up It s all pretty interesting though after awhile the places started to run together Then I would take a break come back and read some Just as you might expect some accounts and places were interesting than others They came up with a list of eleven signs that a city will succeed I recommend that you read it The most unusual indicator craft breweries The worst sign if no one could think of a town champion Over and over I was impressed with the power of an individual or small group to turn a town aroundHere s the Fallows summary of their project at the Atlantic worth reading if you are on the fence about reading their bookA few snippets from my notes The Fallows say that very seldom did national politics come up in their interview They deliberately never asked Bernie Sanders was once the mayor of Burlington VT By the Fallows account he did a good job He just turned that city around one journalist said Greenville SC has an Elementary School of Engineering Columbus MS center of the new Golden Triangle has attracted some 6 billion in new capital investments and 6000 new good paying jobs The Fallows give much of the credit to a white man a black woman and a guy from Kenya of Indian descent This was and in parts still is a very poor area littered with abandoned textile mills Don Henley of the Eagles was largely responsible for creating a large nature preserve around Caddo Lake the largest natural lake in Texas And a wealthy philanthropist in Redlands CA bought 38 s mi near Point Conception for 165 million and gave it to the Nature ConservancyMost of their material was first published in the Atlantic or its website and is archived there but it s nice to have everything edited and in one place I liked the book a lot 4 starsThe project continues I don t know who s paying for all thisFallows American Futures website


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 th

  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 immigrant and refugee populations were well done the rest of the chapter failed to get at the heart of both the po

  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 tr

  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

  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 to figure things out from economies in the tank to the opioid epidemic to immigrati

  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 commo

  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 size towns and cities in the US that fell on hard times and then bounced back asking uestions taking notes and

  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

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