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C servants librarians business people city planners students and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaignThe America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge but it is also crafting solutions with a practical minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics At times of dysfun. This was my comfort read this year Whenever the news got me down I d pick up this book and read about another American town that was trying to figure things out from economies in the tank to the opioid epidemic to immigrationJim Fallows whom you will know from his work at The Atlantic and his wife Deb climb into their Cirrus and spend four years flying around the United States finding communities large Erie Pennsylvania 97000 and small Eastport Maine 1500 that are in the process of figuring out how to make things work and in large part are succeeding In their conclusion Fallows compares our current time with the Gilded Age and convincingly makes the case that Whichever party holds the presidency the other will likely hold enough of the Congress to make comprehensive measures of any sort very hard to push through That is why local resilience and adaptability of the kind we have witnessed deserve nationwide attentionSo we can t look to the federal government for the next interstate highway system but we can look to towns and cities to figure out mass transportation and when they do for other communities to model on theirsThe Fallows found many similarities between these communities which they summarize in their last chapter 10 12 Signs of Civic Success which if you have any civic spirit at all will have you reading through the lens of your own community First off Communities that work work in a non partisan manner Let me just say that again A NON PARTISAN MANNER In fact the Fallows write The often national politics came in local discussions the worse shape the town was likely to be inSuccessful communities have downtowns and community colleges and support their public libraries They make themselves open in particular to immigrants and they have big plans Remember Eastport Maine The town of 1500 people They re reinventing themselves as the US s northernmost port in anticipation of global warming opening up over the top sea routesLastly you know the 12 sign Brewpubs there s one other marker of a city that is working perhaps the most reliable gauge A city on the way back will have at least one craft brewery maybe and probably some small distilleries tooA town that has them also has a certain kind of entrepreneur and a critical mass of mainly youngcustomers It sounds like a joke but it explains a lotMy own home town of Homer Alaska has two brewpubs Jim and Deb Fallows please noteThis is a book that will make you feel better about just about everything Read it recommend it take heart Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaignThe America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems from Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, economic dislocation to the opioid scourge but it is also crafting solutions with a practical minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics At times of dysfun. This was my comfort read this year Whenever the news got me down I d pick up this book and read about another American town that was trying to figure things out from Detective Wanda Wolfe economies in the tank to the opioid Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości epidemic to immigrationJim Fallows whom you will know from his work at The Atlantic and his wife Deb climb into their Cirrus and spend four years flying around the United States finding communities large Erie Pennsylvania 97000 and small Eastport Maine 1500 that are in the process of figuring out how to make things work and in large part are succeeding In their conclusion Fallows compares our current time with the Gilded Age and convincingly makes the case that Whichever party holds the presidency the other will likely hold Zawieszenie niewiary entrepreneur and a critical mass of mainly youngcustomers It sounds like a joke but it Healing Sex explains a lotMy own home town of Homer Alaska has two brewpubs Jim and Deb Fallows please noteThis is a book that will make you feel better about just about Spark (Stronger, everything Read it recommend it take heart

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A vivid surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America town by town and generally out of view of the national media A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coastsFor the last five years James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single engine prop airplane Visiting dozens of towns they have met hundreds of civic leaders workers immigrants educators environmentalists artists publi. So I loved the Atlantic article in which Fallows lays out the argument of the book which is probably why the book was disappointing And all the optimism about America I felt after reading that article is gone now because the book does not really support the thesis that American towns are doing great and are way better off than we think While I tend to prefer well done ethnographies and think they can often reveal than just data this book had neither data or deep ethnographic research It seems like they just flew into each town had beer at the new fancy microbrewery and then met someone from the chamber of commerce who told them that their town was the next tech center and that their main street was totally in revival mode I mean some of the towns I buy it but others seems like they were drinking a lot of the koolaid from the local tourist bureaus Some of the things that I did like was their focus on public libraries and public pools which end up being really important community resources Also I liked their observations about immigrants and refugees and how the a town has them the less they seem to be anti immigrant The main point they made in the article is that Trump s America and the cable news hatred of immigrants is not what they saw However they wrapped up their travel before the election Seems like they might need to do a follow up to see how that s changed All those people at those Trump rallies talking about building a wall have to live in some town right Maybe they should go there Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet economic reinvention taking place in America town by town and generally out of view of the national media A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coastsFor the last five years James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, engine prop airplane Visiting dozens of towns they have met hundreds of civic leaders workers immigrants Detective Wanda Wolfe educators Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości environmentalists artists publi. So I loved the Atlantic article in which Fallows lays out the argument of the book which is probably why the book was disappointing And all the optimism about America I felt after reading that article is gone now because the book does not really support the thesis that American towns are doing great and are way better off than we think While I tend to prefer well done Zawieszenie niewiary ethnographic research It seems like they just flew into Healing Sex each town had beer at the new fancy microbrewery and then met someone from the chamber of commerce who told them that their town was the next tech center and that their main street was totally in revival mode I mean some of the towns I buy it but others seems like they were drinking a lot of the koolaid from the local tourist bureaus Some of the things that I did like was their focus on public libraries and public pools which Spark (Stronger, end up being really important community resources Also I liked their observations about immigrants and refugees and how the a town has them the less they seem to be anti immigrant The main point they made in the article is that Trump s America and the cable news hatred of immigrants is not what they saw However they wrapped up their travel before the Wonder Woman and Philosophy election Seems like they might need to do a follow up to see how that s changed All those people at those Trump rallies talking about building a wall have to live in some town right Maybe they should go there

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Ction on a national level reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself but it also reflects the energy the generosity and compassion the dreams and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better Our Towns is the story of their journey and an account of a country busy remaking itsel. Our Towns a 100000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America was a look at the heartland of America as authors James and Deborah Fallows traversed from mid size town to mid size town in their Cirrus single engine aircraft over a period of four years interviewing politicians community and business leaders city planners health care providers educators students and residents of these diverse communities to determine if there was a common thread throughout the country as they dealt with the issues of immigration unemployment technological advances and economic changes It was uite interesting to see the similarities and the differences across the United States but it was encouraging to see that many communities are in the process of reinventing themselves as they cope with the ever changing landscape The beauty comes from the unending fascination of watching the American landscape unfurl below as you travel at low altitude At the dawn of powered flight a century ago it was assumed that writers and painters would want to become aviators and vice versa Charles Lindbergh Amelia Earhart and Ernest K Gann were fliers who wrote Beryl Markham Antoine de Saint Exupery and Anne Morrow Lindbergh were writers who flew because of the uniue perspective on civilization and nature offered by the aerial viewAfter visits to dozens of public libraries from Maine to Arizona from Mississippi to Minnesota I saw that America s public libraries the place people used to find books or do research have become the heart and soul of American communities I learned that in the library I could discover the spirit of a town get a feel for the people s needs and wants and gauge their energy and mettle


10 thoughts on “Our Towns

  1. says:

    Not compelling And clunky

  2. says:

    So I loved the Atlantic article in which Fallows lays out the argument of the book which is probably why the book was disappointing And all the optimism about America I felt after reading that article is gone now because the book does not really support the thesis that American towns are doing great and are way better off than we think While I tend to prefer well done ethnographies and think they can often re

  3. says:

    The only part I feel right in commenting on is the Erie PA chapter because it hits close to home While the parts devoted to the immigrant and refugee populations were well done the rest of the chapter failed to get at the heart of both the positives and negatives in Erie While the decline of industrialization certainly has had a major impact all across Northwestern Pennsylvania it is not the only issue and I would argue not eve

  4. says:

    Everyone should read this book It is full of information and examples on how to change a failing town or city into a prosperous one It also show

  5. says:

    Edited to fix typos because I should never ever try to write a review from my phone I liked the idea of the book I even like Fallows' magazine work This however grated on me Affluent WASP couple flies their private plane around the country dropping into apparently random towns They do a meet and greet with the mayor or town marketing person and get the latest dog and pony presentation about how the town's re

  6. says:

    This was my comfort read this year Whenever the news got me down I'd pick up this book and read about another A

  7. says:

    Our Towns a 100000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America was a look at the heartland of America as authors James

  8. says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this It works okay as a travel book; the towns sound interesting with appealing mus

  9. says:

    Journalists love bad news “if it bleeds it leads” Conflicts riots political shenanigans Donald Trump’s latest Twitter outrage The Fallows take a measured view Since 2013 he and his wife Deborah have been touring small and mid size town

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    The premise of this book offers so much potential Its execution feels like rote memorization of a standard outline covering the banal topics of our towns economic development councils schools tech start ups By town three each chapter started to sound the same instead of offering details of what makes these towns uniue and desirable destinations With each chapter on repeat there were fewno transitions wrapped u

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