Reimagining Your Neighborhood

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Most Americans live in suburbia,

in car-centric housing developments which trace their lineage back to Levittown and the returning WWII GIs. These suburban neighborhoods are, for the most part, very good at guarding our privacy and dismal at fostering our sense of belonging and community.


The editor, Second Journey founder Bolton Anthony, worked previously as a teacher of English and creative writing to undergraduates, and as a public librarian, university administrator, and social change activist.

We can’t just scrap the whole 80-year experiment in suburban living; we’ve got too much invested in infrastructure. But we CAN take many practical steps to reimagine our neighborhoods so that they nourish intergenerational connections and support aging in community.

From simple steps — such as creating a listserv, forming a neighborhood watch, or starting a CSA — to ambitious undertakings — such as creating a common house, an Eldercare Home, and a community energy system — the book’s 22 contributors (see below) offer a creative, incremental approach that can reinvent the existing suburban landscape, one neighborhood at a time.

• Cecile Andrews • Bolton Anthony •
• Lisa Anthony • Anna Baker • Brian Burke •
• Ross Chapin • Paula Clarke • Rita Gale Cruise •
• J.B Culpepper • Gaya Erlandson • Mary Fraser •
• Julia Katz • Raymond Kaiser • Paul Klever •
• J. Alexander Mawhinney • Mike Mayo •
• Brian J. Morton • Mia Prior • Constance Rivers •
• Cheri Rosemond • Mandy Summerson •
• Tim Watson •

Advance praise for
Reimagining Your Neighborhood

Why is it critical that we design and inhabit great neighborhoods? Because they help meet essential human needs like expression, participation, social connection, creativity, and wellness. When our neighborhoods are lively and inclusive, they produce active, problem-solving people who can build a better world. Reimagining Your Neighborhood is a go-to guide for creating resilient, healthy neighborhoods that enable residents to reach their highest potentials. Far from being theoretical, this book is based on years of experience. Get some copies to get the ball rolling in YOUR neighborhood.

— David Wann, author of The New Normal:
An Agenda for Responsible Living

What an exciting time to live in! A chance to really make a difference and create a new “culture of care.” And Bolton Anthony’s book will help us do this!

— Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution:
A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good


I’m asked often: “What’s the biggest challenge to our having neighborhoods that respond to the real needs of real people?” Neighborhoods that align with their values, life experiences, and aspirations. “Is it government regulations and land use, zoning?” they ask.” Is it bank financing?” No, it’s reaching a tipping point in our culture when enough people want the change; enough people get smarter about their neighborhood; enough people organize. Second Journey’s new book is how to reimagine the places in which we currently live. We can do this… if we choose to.

— Charles Durrett, author of The Senior Cohousing Handbook

As people live longer and the number of seniors in our population surges, not surprisingly creative ideas about living together in community are surfacing… The refreshing ideas in this new book from Second Journey will go some way in helping us recover the time-honored meaning of “neighborhood.”

— Robert E. Seymour, author of Aging Without Apology


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