13 Ways to Kill Your Community

Scott Doyon reviews the book "13 Ways to Kill Your Community", by Alberta Legislative Assembly member Doug Griffiths and journalist Kelly Clemmer. In it, the authors reveal some of the "curiously recurring behaviors" that harm cities of all sizes.

"The frame of Griffiths’ book: behaviors we tend to characterize as the harmless ingredients of everyday life are, in fact, proactive efforts towards the death of our own communities."

"We’re orchestrating our own demise. By choice. And we can just as easily do the opposite, should that prospect be too unsettling. The determining factor, it seems, is this: Does a downward spiral of increasingly limited prospects constitute, for the average person, sufficient crisis to compel the best of what we have to offer?"

"I’m hoping yes, but I’m an optimist."

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