Action now!: A citizen's guide to better communities

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Southern Illinois University Press, Jun 1, 1976 - Political Science - 257 pages
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Designed as a practical guide, this new book presents workable programs and plans—from “dressing up” alleys to en­ticing new industry—designed to help citizens and their local officials work together to enrich the quality of com­munity life.


Tailored to the conditions of the 1970s and beyond, and based on successful pioneer work tested and demonstrated in other communities, this is a “down-­to-earth” textbook for citizens who wish to improve their community. It shows how all segments of the community can bring themselves together to make a precise appraisal of their assets and lia­bilities, identify and diagnose their local and area problems, collect perti­nent facts, motivate concerted efforts for improvement, and develop sound, coordinated action.


For teachers and students of commu­nity development as well as lay persons active in local affairs You and Your Com­munity is the definitive textbook—a product of the author’s more than thirty years of successful experience in com­munity and area development.

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About the author (1976)

Richard W. Poston, founder and former Director of the Southern Illinois University Community Development Service, and Professor Emeritus, South­ern Illinois University Carbondale, is presently Director of Area Develop­ment, Southern Illinois Power Coopera­tive.

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