Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way (University of Washington Press) describes Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods and its bold experiments in bottom-up planning and development. Each chapter highlights an innovative program:
Neighbor Power not only gives hope that participatory democracy is possible, but it offers practical applications and invaluable lessons for neighbors who want to make a difference. It also provides government officials with inspiring stories and proven programs to help them embrace neighborhood activists as true partners.
Some writers talk about democracy, but Jim Diers has done it. Here he gracefully shares his invaluable experience, proving that democracy is not something done to us or for us, it's what we ourselves do to create communities that work for all. Neighbor Power is rich in lessons that any community can apply.
— Frances Moore Lappe, Author
Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods is known as the most innovative effort in the U.S. to empower local residents, and Diers captures the extensive array of strategies and programs devised by his department.
— John P. Kretzmann, Co-Director, ABCD Institute