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Kemmis, Daniel. The Good City and the Good Life: Renewing the Sense of Community. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995 (226 pp.). In some ways, this is a sequel to Kemmisís Community and the Politics of Place, in that it is less theoretical and more grounded in his experiences of a city that works (Missoula, Montana, where he was mayor). He explores what makes the good life "good," how cities remain "healthy," and the proper roles of citizens and politicians. But he also provides real, everyday examples from his own community and other towns around the world that he has visited. His main premise is that the city-state must replace a worn-out and ineffective nation-state. The value for communities is that unlike other "healthy city" and urban planning approaches, Kemmisí book is laced with historical, philosophical, and literary references that put contemporary issues into a broader context.


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