Enlightened Towns Toolkit


Congress for the New Urbanism:
Traditional urban design as a way to improve communities.
706 Sacramento St., Box 148, San Francisco, CA 94108.

Ithaca Hours:
An alternative currency promoting economic self-reliance that is in wide use in Ithaca, New York.
Box 6578, Ithaca, NY 14851.
Books, periodicals and organizations

Self-Help Credit Union:
Provides capital for businesses and housing in low-income communities in Durham, North Carolina.
301 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27701.

Alliance for Paving Moratorium:
Advocates redirecting tax dollars away from road construction to more important needs.
Box 4347, Arcata, CA 95518.

1000 Friends of Oregon:
A citizen group that has been instrumental in holding the line on suburban sprawl in Portland.
534 SW Third Av., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97204.


Home from Nowhere: Remaking our Everyday world for the 21st century
by James Howard Kunstler (1996, Simon & Schuster).
An entertaining look at how to put the there-there back in our cities.

City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village
by David Sucher (1995, City Comfort Press, http://www.citycomfort.com).
An indispensable guide outlining the numerous small details that add up to a great neighborhood.

The Good City and the Good Life
by Daniel Kemmis (1995, Houghton Mifflin).
The former mayor of Missoula, Montana, an Utne visionary, looks at what makes a good city.

Metropolitics: A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability
by Myron Orfield (1997, Brookings Institute Press, Washington D.C.).
Ideas from a visionary Minnesota state legislator on how to revitalize inner cities.


The Neighborhood Works:
A bimonthly blueprint on revitalizing communities.
$30/yr. (6 issues) from Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2125 W. North Av. Chicago, IL 60647

The Urban Ecologist:
Reporting on examples of the greening of cities.
$30/yr. membership (4 issues) from Urban Ecology, Box 10144, Berkeley, CA, 94709

Small Town:
A wealth of ideas on keeping small towns vital.
$35 (6 issues) from Small Town Institute, Box 517 Ellensburg, WA 98926.

A design journal that focuses on what makes good public places.
$30 (3 issues) from Box 368, Lawrence, KS 66044

A lively trade journal for state and local officials, packed with info.
$39.95/yr. ($19.91 for government employees (12 issues) from Box 611, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-9865.

In-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.