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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • What I Found in a Thousand Towns
  • Dar Williams
  • 25 April 2016
  • 9780465098965

10 thoughts on “What I Found in a Thousand Towns

  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I wanted to read this through the lens of library spaces and found some interesting tidbits The only place I have visited that she mentions is Carrboro NC where she discusses the importance of cultivating an environments for artists how artists come and others follow how art creates bridges in a communityA few uotes I liked from the Moab chapter perhaps most relevant to the strengths of our libraryAt every turn there was someone to point out another arch and a bend in the river They knew their town inside and out and took responsibility for it That is positive proximityThe camaraderie among people working in these places were clearly there as were their helpfulness and prideCommunities must always take care of their human needs and pay attention to their human economy as carefully as they facilitate the love of their landscapes


  2. Jen Jen says:

    I haven't read reviews of this book yet but I suspect that what people think about this book will largely have to do with the reason they bought it If you are like me you bought it or in my case it was purchased for me because I like Dar Williams the singer and wanted to go to her concert which was paired with this book And sure I'll give Dar a shot as an author She's a great storyteller However right away I could tell this was going to be a long slog of a read Because here's the thing this book is about city planning and urban development which just so happens to be written by Dar Williams It is not a book about how Dar Williams the singer experiences towns as a traveling musician I suppose you could argue that I'm wrong and I even think that what I described above was her intent But the way it was executed just felt so clinical and not at all personal It's not that it's a bad book or that she didn't do the research and it's even decently written But right out of the gates I found myself wondering what Dar Williams in particular was bringing to this story You will not be charmed by the tales of a traveling bard seeing towns with fresh eyes Instead you will find jargony sentences that trip over themselves with definitions like In order for the Detroit RiverWalk to function as a builder of positive proximity for all the keepers of the peace must respond to diverse visitors The 'safety' must feel truly safe What is an agrosphere? Technically it's called a foodshedSigns that welcome and signs that wayfind a recently minted urban planning verb that means 'help us find our way' tell a lot about a cityDar I love you but you didn't have to invent positive proximity to talk about common threads of thriving wayfinding is a pretty common term and how about you just call it a foodshed? I don't know it's almost like she wanted to make sure that she came across as serious enough or well informed enough and the price we pay for that is that we have absolutely zero context for why we are hearing about these wonderful towns from this folk singer There are a few moments where this personal connection comes through mostly stacked later in the book Hearing about the routine of what Dar does when she arrives in a town or war stories about how various venues receive gracefully or otherwise folk musicians or touring with Joan Baez and what that green room is like? Yes Hearing about how a parents' group and a sledding hill are the cures for every town's ills? Not so muchGood for Dar for stretching beyond her defined bounds as a singer to flex her muscles as a writer I don't mean to sound so harsh but I would have enjoyed this book so much if Dar had let herself her folk singing babysitter having self shine through this narrative


  3. Vincent Scarpa Vincent Scarpa says:

    Admitted bias I've loved Dar since I was thirteen and have had the great fortune to get to know her in the thirteen years since But even if that weren't the case I'm confident I'd find this book just as wise and clear eyed and instructive A touring musician has a singular vantage point as she visits and returns to towns and cities over and over in the course of almost three decades of touring and it's from that vantage point that Dar writes this book—a kind of ars poetica of urban theory—so astutely with great wit and insight


  4. Matt Deblass Matt Deblass says:

    I've long been fascinated by the way that the arts local business and government can come together to make a particular town work or not I've also been a longtime fan of Williams' music so I figured this would be a great vacation read while I spent time exploring a new city I wasn't wrong While the author may have been introduced to the various places she's been as a traveling folk singer it's very clear that she's taken the time to explore the history of the places she writes about and spent time interviewing some of the people behind the success stories she's seen An interesting point she makes is that there's to making a town or city a great living space than just money True employment is an important part of it but often the better and fulfilling jobs in a community come from building a local ecosystem that links small business and community organizations and although she doesn't mention it my own experience in the newspaper biz taught me that local businesses can feed a lot into a town's economy than a large corporate entity which sends a big chunk of its profits out of the area She's got a lot of good observations and anecdotes that are not only really interesting for the reader but may provide some ideas and inspiration for folks looking to build better connections in their own communities


  5. Robin Robin says:

    noblesse obligereaders' comments on were snarky but incisive about the folk singer mentality white and very liberal biased and shot through with unexamined needs for idealism and self congratulation not to speak of glaring hypocritical thinking it sounds right on a gut level that the small town transformation of Beacon had less to do with preserving what was there before than the importing of an artistic sophisticated New York point of view also drops a line about how Pete Seeger spent 50 years trying to get things going there then never mentions him again;one reader pointed out how condescending Williams appears writing as she if she is a native when she's spent very little time in the towns she describes;This book shed absolutely no light on the process by which some towns are able to reinvent themselves rather Williams focusses on individuals who brought their town back to life through a sense of civic responsibility and determined perseveranceread all chapters except the one on Gainesville FLA and Middletown CT; started scanning them after the chapter on Beacon NY;3 themes the importance of physical spaces that invite social interaction identity either through history or geography and translation which to me was about how you sell your town through the story you choose to tell about it in other words savvy PR


  6. Patty Patty says:

    Communities must always take care of their human needs and pay attention to their human economy as carefully as they facilitate the love of their landscapesMy book group chose to read this book because one of our members was lucky enough to hear Williams speak on this topic I suspect I would have rather heard Ms Williams herself tell her ideas than reading a whole book based on what she has seen in various communitiesThere is nothing wrong with Williams’ ideas or the book However there is a lot of repetition in this book Once I had read about one community’s success I had a pretty good idea how the next community would work out their issuesWhich leads to my other problem with these concepts These communities were very similar – mostly white mostly middle class I realize that Williams appeals to a particular group of people and so the places she would sing would look alike It is probably too much to expect her to have tried to find some places that were diverseWe had a good discussion and this book did make me think about my small town in some different ways I am glad I read it


  7. SundayAtDusk SundayAtDusk says:

    Make sure you carefully read the description of this book before getting it and make sure you are highly interested in the topic I was not I guess since the author is a singer songwriter I imagined the book was going to be a memoir where town planning was going to come up every now and then No town planning is it While Dar Williams' book is neither too technical nor dry it still bored me to tears reading about the things towns or cities did to improve the lives of their citizens I'm truly happy for all those people and places but I desperately wanted out of reading this book Thus three stars for a neutral rating since I stopped reading long before the endNote I received a free ARC of this book from Vine


  8. Jim Infantino Jim Infantino says:

    Dar’s voice shines through in this thoughtful critical and hopeful account of the struggles and successes of several American communities Her insight into what makes a town or city a place in which the visitor can see themselves is enlightening She delves deeply into what works and what doesn’t when upgrading or simplifying shared spaces Especially interesting is the depth of her understanding of these places she’s visited and returned to as a touring musician She’s spoken to mayors council people planners residents and tourists She’s seen towns go from lifeless downtowns to popular communities over the course of her travels and she shares the changes that have made these places so popular Beyond a mere retelling of what may have been sold to her by the boosters of a community Dar applies her wisdom and insight to look beneath the hype She acknowledges the downside of growing popularity along with gentrification mismanagement and what seems hardest to tackle in this country – diversityThis took me a while to read because I needed to digest so much of what was being told Each section is filled with inspiring ideas that will make you wonder how your own community could be better Highly recommend “It starts with a hill”


  9. Agatha Lund Agatha Lund says:

    I wrote about this in greater detail here


  10. Melody Warnick Melody Warnick says:

    One of my favorite singers wrote a book about basically the same kind of stuff I write about so yeah pretty thrilled


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What I Found in a Thousand Towns❤ [KINDLE] ❃ What I Found in a Thousand Towns By Dar Williams ➣ – Thomashillier.co.uk A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishesDubbed by the New Yorker as one of America's very best singer songwriters Dar Willia A Found in a Thousand MOBI :↠ beloved Found in ePUB ´ folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall What I PDF or and rise of the small American towns she cherishesDubbed by the New I Found in PDF/EPUB ¶ Yorker as one of America's very best singer songwriters Dar Williams has I Found in a Thousand PDF \ made her career not in stadiums but touring America's small towns She has played their venues composed in their coffee shops and drunk in their bars She has seen these communities struggle but I Found in a Thousand PDF \ also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crisesHere Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities What I Found in a Thousand Towns is than a love letter to America's small towns it's a deeply personal and hopeful message about the potential of America's lively and resilient communities.