Civic Leaders Praise Neighbor Power

“One of the most hopeful signs for the revitalization of American cities and indeed for the rejuvenation of American democracy is the neighborhood movement which is sweeping communities across America. Jim Diers has chronicled the vigorous debates which accompanied the blossoming of neighborhood power in Seattle. The neighborhood movement in Seattle not only helped cement that city’s reputation as one of the most beautiful and civically minded cities in America, but has provided an example for local leaders across the nation.”
—Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

“Jim Diers was the Pied Piper for the Seattle neighborhood movement, which built a national and international reputation for its new approach to planning, giving real meaning to the slogan, ‘Power to the People.’ In describing the potential for this approach to revitalize our cities, his writing is a must-read for citizen activists, urban planners, and elected officials.”
—Paul Schell, former mayor of Seattle

“Some writers talk about democracy, but Jim Diers has done it. Here he gracefully shares his invaluable experience, proving that democracy is not something done to us or for us, it’s what we ourselves do to create communities that work for all. Neighbor Power is rich in lessons that any community can apply. An antidote to despair—a must read in trying times!”
—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Democracy's Edge and Diet for a Small Planet

“Few people in this country know as much about community building as Jim Diers. The case studies and ideas in this book are extremely powerful evidence that real communities are knit together by the public places they share, and show how small ideas from ordinary citizens can make an entire city thriving and beautiful.”
—Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces

“Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods is widely known as the most innovative effort in the U.S. to empower local residents, and Diers’s narrative captures the extensive array of strategies and programs devised by his department. This is a very readable account which touches on many of the major challenges facing every city in the country.”
—John P. Kretzmann, coauthor of Building Communities from Inside Out

“Dozens of towns, cities, and suburbs are replicating the outstanding community building programs pioneered by Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. Neighbor Power supplies the inspiration and the techniques for building strong neighborhood communities from the ground up.”
—Judy Corbett, Executive Director, Sacramento Local Government Commission