We read Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg and believe that only librarians will love this book more than community gardeners.
This timely work is an invaluable resource for us. Although scholarly, it is very readable. Many books on community gardening are case studies or other nitrative presentations. In Palaces for the People, the persuasive, documented arguments for why community gardens must be included in intelligent community planning are irrefutable. His term “social infrastructure” puts community gardens and other social meeting places on a par with roads and bridges, equally essential for a civilized society and a resilient community.
Klinenberg articulates many things we all know about the amazing fruits of community gardens. His global thinking brings our knowledge to a new level and puts the scientific evidence for what we know, at our fingertips. Palaces for the People should be required reading for all city planners, anyone controlling an infrastructure budget and anyone resisting a community garden.