Neighborhood Futures : Citizen Rights and Local Control
Two conflicting developments have recently characterized civic life in the United States. The first, the centralization of formal agencies of government, too often leads to diminishing political liberties and tyranny. The second, which is characterized by a greater amount of civic participation and individual self-actualization, is the formation of a whole new layer of sublocal institutions, both public and private. These include residential community and condominium associations; property owner-based business improvement districts in nearly all major cities; neighborhood improvement districts in large cities; and even self-governing public schools. Neighborhood Futures is a realistic exploration of how, for a society to move forward and improve, its citizens must exercise the power to act creatively, and feel they are both competent and responsible individuals. Supporting his ideas with the Dutch innovation of the woonerf, or neighborhood street government, Liebmann follows through by discussing other foreign models of civic life forms and illustrating how they have resulted in resident satisfaction. George W. Liebmann is a partner of Liebmann & Shively, P.A., a Baltimore law firm that specializes in local government and education law. In addition to having served as a top aide to one of Maryland's governors, he is a former faculty associate of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and is the author of Little Platoons and The Gallows in the Grove.
- Paperback | 189 pages
- 154.4 x 223 x 11.9mm | 290.3g
- 01 Mar 2004
- Taylor & Francis Inc
- Transaction Publishers
- Somerset, United Kingdom
"Across his pages march a fascinating procession of little-known civic life forms.... Those in charge of America's cities badly need to grasp both the philosophy and the practicality of the examples and techniques Liebmann describes. Perhaps one day soon astute mayors will get the word. When they do, they will find this little book to be a gold mine of valuable ideas and examples." - John McClaughry, Reason; "[Neighborhood Futures] is a highly useful volume...the book contains a wealth of interesting ideas." - George S. Leef, Carolina Journal; "George Liebmann has spent the better part of a decade documenting that this [government passing responsibility along to levels where it can be exercised best - often to the level of the neighborhood] can be done - that it is already being done all over the world. He has a lot to report. It's worth listening to." - Alan Ehrenhalt, Governing Magazine"
About George W. Liebmann
George W. Liebmann is a partner of Liebmann & Shively, P.A., a Baltimore law firm that specializes in local government and education law. In addition to having served as a top aide to one of Maryland's governors, he is a former faculty associate of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and is the author of Little Platoons and The Gallows in the Grove.