The Smart Growth Book Discussion Club: Help Us Kickoff this Tuesday!

Come to the Allentown Brew Works at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, November 12 for the first meeting of the Smart Growth Book Discussion Club.

Come to network, educate yourself, and talk about how we can explore ideas to make the Lehigh Valley better.

We’ll dive right into James Howard Kunstler’s Home from Nowhere.  Publishers Weekly says, “In a slashing, fervent, practical, brilliant critique of the philosophy, or lack thereof, underpinning today’s dismal American cities and isolating suburbs, Kunstler argues that our streets, malls, parks, civic buildings and houses frustrate innate psychological needs, violate human scale and thwart our desire to participate in the larger world. An architectural design critic (The Geography of Nowhere) and a novelist, he champions “new urbanism,” an architectural reform movement dedicated to producing cohesive, mixed-use neighborhoods for people of widely different incomes, neighborhoods resembling U.S. towns prior to WWII. Using photos and line drawings throughout, he highlights numerous new urbanism-inspired projects around the country, from Seaside, a resort town on the Florida panhandle, to redevelopment schemes in Providence, Memphis, Columbus and Corning, N.Y.”

A few libraries have the book, or you can support RenewLV by purchasing it here

Don’t have time to read the book? No worries. We want your input about the future of the book club or anything else relevant to implementing smart growth. Or come just to listen and learn.

Email Joanne Guth at with questions or to RSVP (helpful, but not necessary).  Or better yet, sign up on Facebook:

Spread the word!

Posted on November 7, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is just the beginning of an action packed couple of weeks for Smart Growth in the Lehigh Valley. For a complete list of everything that’s happening, go to and click on “events.” Book club discussion tonight, food forums, brown bag lunch discussion groups and more! Register to receive email blasts, link to our RenewLV and EnvisionLehighValley Facebook pages and follow us on Twitter and you’ll be more connected to everything that’s happening and everyone who’s making it happen.

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