Short Book Review: “In the Neighborhood”

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In The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a TimeIn The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a simple, well-written exploration of community in an upscale suburb. It reveals the hunger people have for community even in neighborhoods that were expressly designed to discourage it, and confronts the fears residents have of each other–not of their bodies but of their hearts–fears that hold neighbors back from becoming actual neighbors–fears that often drove them to such developments in the first place.

It’s an essay that became a sort of real-life novel, and well worth reading.

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About Rick Risemberg

Rick was born in Argentina but grew up in Los Angeles, and has lived most of his life in Hollywood. He also spent several months living in Montmartre, in Paris, France, one of the most delightful as well as effective human scale communities anywhere, and now resides in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, a high-density and eminently walkable neighborhood where nearly his every need is within a twenty-minute stroll of the apartment. He maintains the Bicycle Fixation Webzine and Urban Ecology Forum; you may see them atwww.bicyclefixation.com. You may visit portfolios of his writing, photography, and web design work at www.rickrise.com.