Home Sweet Neighborhood: Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

Home Sweet Neighborhood: Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

by Michelle Mulder


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Picture a busy avenue. Now plant trees along the boulevard, paint a mural by the empty lot, and add a community garden. Set up benches along the sidewalks and make space for kids' chalk drawings, and you've set the scene for a thriving community. Placemaking—personalizing public and semi-private spaces like front yards—is a growing trend in cities and suburbs around the world, drawing people out of their homes and into conversation with one another.

Kids are natural placemakers, building tree forts, drawing on sidewalks and setting up lemonade stands, but people of all ages can enjoy creative placemaking activities. From Dutch families who drag couches and tables onto sidewalks for outdoor suppers to Canadians who build little lending libraries to share books with neighbors, people can do things that make life more fun and strengthen neighborhoods. Home Sweet Neighborhood combines upbeat text, fun facts and colorful photos to intrigue and inspire readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459816916
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: Orca Footprints Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit michellemulder.com.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Kid Next Door
  • Help! Neighbors Wanted!
  • The Next Cave Over
  • The World’s First Neighbors
  • Rich City Life
  • Playing in the Street
  • Neighbors? Nah!
  • Adventure Boulevard
  • Kid Power!
Chapter Two: Partying in the Streets
  • Chalking Up New Laws
  • Ride On!
  • Wonderful Woonerven
  • Knitters for Safe Streets
  • Chairs, Chairs, Everywhere
  • Pothole Parks
  • Really? Here, in the City?
  • Environmental and Friendly
Chapter Three: A Potluck of Possibilities
  • Come Eat!
  • Down with the Fences
  • Bring Us Your Dough
  • Hungry? Help Yourself!
  • Play Me, I’m Yours!
  • A Whole Lotta Plates
  • Designed by Kids
  • Howdy, Friend
Chapter Four: Life in the City
  • Politics? Kid-Approved!
  • Making a Splash
  • Yarnstorm!
  • Give One, Take One
  • Space for Veggies
  • Look Out! Here We Come!
  • A Helping Hand
  • Home Sweet Neighborhood

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