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The year is young, but here’s our favorite new book of 2015 — Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life, by architect and three-term mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, Jamie Lerner.
What makes a city great? Lerner points to a city’s parks and neighborhoods, its music, art, and community celebrations. It all comes from “pinpricks of action” — projects, people, and initiatives that ripple outward to uplift city life.

On a personal note, this book is pure inspiration for the Land Library as we continue to work on establishing a inner-city Denver learning center celebrating nature-in-the-city, and the empowering world of urban homesteading.

Also pictured above: if the urban future is to be bright, it needs to shine at the neighborhood level, and that’s why we especially love Jay Walljasper’s book The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking (pictured above) — a volume full of practical solutions for the continued revitalization of the urban landscape.

And here’s two more books we can do without:

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Community Orchards Handbook, by the most creative land & community organization we know, the United Kingdom’s Common Ground, and City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America by Laura J. Lawson.

Stay tuned in 2015 for more inspiring books, and news of the Land Library’s Headwaters-to-Plains learning network, stretching from South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch to the neighborhoods of Denver!

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