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The average restless American will move 11.7 times in a lifetime. For Melody Warnick, it was her sixth move - from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia - that threatened to unhinge her. In the lonely aftermath of unpacking, she wondered: Aren't we supposed to put down roots at some point? How does the place we live become the place we want to stay? This time she had an epiphany. Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be her family's perfect fit, she would figure out how to fall in love with it - no matter what.
How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment - the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being - then travels to towns across America to see it in action. Inspired by a growing movement of placemaking, she examines what its practitioners are doing to create likable locales. She also speaks with frequent movers and loyal stayers around the country to learn what draws highly mobile Americans to a new city and what makes us stay. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of "Love Where You Live" experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected: dining with her neighbors, shopping Small Business Saturday, marching in the town Christmas parade.
Can these efforts make a halfhearted resident happier? Will Blacksburg be the place she finally stays? What Warnick learns will inspire you to embrace your own community - and perhaps discover that the place where you live right now...is home.
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By Amazon Customer on 07-06-18
Perfect book for frequent movers
The author provides great ideas/suggestions on how to make the most of where you live right now through live where you live mini experiments and suggestions for meeting neighbors. As a Military Spouse of fifteen years and living in our first bought home, this book was easily relatable and convinced me to do more in and for our community.
By Robert on 01-29-17
Look beyond yourself!
Great book for those who have a hard time feeling like they fit into a community. I took away some tangible goals to help get plugged in to my neighborhood/town. Overall, I think this is a book that is aimed to challenge you to think beyond your own world and care deeper about those around you.