From the Conversation on “Making Space for Community” with Ross Chapin – June 5, 2013

Follow-up recommendations from Ross Chapin’s June 5 conversation with John and Peter “Making Space for Community.”

Recommendations from John, Peter and Ross

Great tools at

Ross Chapin video interview by Craig Weiner.

Robert J. Sampson. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).

For overviews of Robert J. Sampson’s work, see “The Neighbor Effect” at and “Lessons in Community from Chicago’s South Side” at

Christopher Alexander, Sara Insikawa, and Murray Silverstein. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977).

Clare Cooper Marcus and Wendy Satkissian. Housing As If People Mattered (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1988.

Recommendations from our listeners

The Pomegranate Center is in Issaquah, WA. Its approach to community-building combines effective community planning with broad public participation, hands-on learning and leadership development. See

Ross puts out a beautiful image of neighborhood “The Garden Party” at

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