Reviews

“Something in Neighbor Power will strike a chord with planners, elected representatives, community development professionals, and those involved with community-based organizations. It is a book definitely worth reading.”
—Linda Campbell, Australia Community Management, April 2005

Neighbor Power is a substantial, interesting primer, full of case studies, on how Seattle works at the community level.”
—Mike Dillon, Capitol Hill Times, January 19, 2005

Neighbor Power is 200 pages filled with inspiring stories of neighborhood success and practical advice for grass-roots activism.”
—Jennifer Warnick, The Everett Herald, March 11, 2005

“Jim Diers is an undisputed local hero and champion of grass-roots community building.”
—Bob Condor, Evergreen Monthly, February 2005

“Organizers will find guidance in this ‘Community Building 101’ written by a true leader in the field.”
—Judith Van Praag, International Examiner, January 19, 2005

“Diers has written a beautiful and highly readable account of what has clearly been inspired work. Although Seattle’s political culture, economy, and demographics are not those of Everycity, USA, every mayor and city manager, as well as every neighborhood staff member and citizen leader should read this important book. It provides a model of the kind of visionary pragmatism that all our cities need if they are to become true laboratories of democracy in the twenty-first century.”
—Carmen Sirianni, National Civic Review, Fall 2005

Neighbor Power is a ‘must-read’ for all neighborhood activists and community builders. It’s rich with ideas that any neighborhood can use.”
—Robert Gibbons, NUSA News, Spring 2005

“The stories from Diers’s 13 years in Seattle city government make a readable and sensible book—not quite a how-to manual, not a literature review, not a coffee-table book of pictures and stories, but some of all three.”
—Harold Henderson, Planning, April 2005

Neighbor Power works on two levels: as a guidebook on how to organize, cultivate, and sustain neighborhoods; and as a grassroots history of Seattle in the last 20 years.”
—R.V. Murphy, Real Change, January 5, 2005

“Sometimes it’s better for people to rely on themselves than on government. That’s an idea you might associate with the political right, but really it has much broader roots, and it’s one of the places where we stand on common ground. Jim Diers, who ran Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, is a champion of grass-roots community projects. He likes them not just because they get things done, but because they create community. Neighbor Power has lots of stories of people who did something constructive in their neighborhoods, participating in projects like the creation of an Eritrean community center, a community garden, the Fremont troll.”
—Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, December 23, 2004

Neighbor Power provides spirited and hard-earned advice for any neighborhood finding their own way to building community.”
—Lisa Kundrat, Yes, Summer 2005