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Review: Reinventing Los Angeles, Shelter Force

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Review by Robert O. Zdenek in the Spring 2008 issue of the Shelter Force journal of affordable housing. Read the full review here.
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He combines an audacious mix of strategies to suggest that community activism can succeed in working across social, racial, and economic divides. Despite increased globalization pressures that more often divide than unite, Gottlieb paints a picture of how immigrants, citizens, activists, organizations, and networks have coalesced to improve the quality and sustainability of the Los Angeles River; develop alternative transportation strategies; create farmers markets and urban gardens; and broaden economic opportunities.
Gottlieb draws an intriguing picture of a city grappling with diversity and sustainable community in the global era in ways that could be a harbinger of things to come throughout the country. It behooves community-development practitioners and stakeholders in community vitality to learn from L.A.’s challenges and successes.
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