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Smart Growth Book Discussion Club 6 pm Monday

Come to the Allentown Brew Works at 6:00 Monday, March 31, when we’ll begin discussing Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. If you’ve no time to read, please come anyway to listen and share about ways to make the Lehigh Valley more walkable, sustainable…doable!

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Smart Growth Book Discussion Club tomorrow – You’re invited!

We look forward to seeing more of you at our second meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 17 in the mezzanine at the Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton St. You can use the parking garage behind the Holiday Inn where the Smart Growth Summit was held, or there is a lot behind the building across Hamilton St. from the Brew Works for no charge.

The discussion between the four of us at the first meeting was lively and promising. This time the plan is to actually discuss Kunstler’s ideas in Home from Nowhere. Click here for his article (excerpted from the book) in The Atlantic Monthly.

Again, if you can’t read the book, come anyway with your ideas, or to network, listen, or learn. We need you!

If possible, sign up on Facebook, or email Joanne Guth at to let me know you’re going.

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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:

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