City of Neighbours

Katy Dockrill and Andrea Curtis

Groundwood Books

City of Neighbours

Katy Dockrill and Andrea Curtis

Groundwood Books

A splash of paint, a place to sit, a popup park or playground bring life and a sense of fun to our cities.

Neighbourhoods where people look out for each other, eat together, make art and build community are healthier, happier, greener and cleaner. Journey around the world to discover how people have been dreaming up new ways to ensure their cities and neighbourhoods are creative, inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

These placemaking ideas can be big — like the skateboard park built on the grounds of an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya — or small — like the painted rock snake that winds along a beach in Toronto, Ontario. Together, we can create public spaces where everyone belongs. Includes a list of ideas for children to get involved in their neighbourhoods, along with a glossary and sources for further reading.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people advocate for themselves and their communities.

photo of Katy Dockrill
Katy Dockrill is an honors graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design. Her fresh brush-and-ink illustrations have attracted a wide range of clients, and she has won a number of awards for her editorial work.

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photo of Andrea Curtis
Andrea Curtis’s children’s non-fiction titles include A Forest in the City, City of Water, City Streets are for People and City of Neighbors in the ThinkCities series. She has also written the young adult novel Big Water.

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