References and Resources



City Repair Project. (2006). The City Repair Project Guidebook (2nd Edition).

–This resource is a valuable way to see how the City Repair Project facilitated the evolution of their project. It also offers a comprehensive step-by-step guide to establishing a similar initiative in one’s neighborhood. It is a strong resource for someone who is attempting this for the first time.

Street Plans. Nex Gen (2012). Tactical Urbanism 2 Short Term Action Long Term Change by Street Plans Collaborative.

–This explains a deliberate, phased approach to initiating change for “living streets”. Their main approach is to use ideas offered by locals, for planning challenges, emphasizing short-term commitments and realistic expectations. They emphasize the low risk aspect of community projects and the incentive of the high reward of social capital. Their project illustrates the benefit of taking an incremental approach to the process of city building—long-term change often starts with trying something small.

Bloom,B., &  Bromberg. A. Belltown (2004). Paradise / Making Their Own Plans. Seattle: WhiteWalls.

A beautiful account of how local residents turned a crime-ridden area of Settle into a green space full of growth, nature and good will. The book includes stories about grassroots groups all around the world fighting for the right to have sustainable and strong community despite all odds.

Chandler, S. (2004).100 Ways to Motivate Yourself. Franklin Lakes: Career Prss.

This book is a helpful tool to break through the negative barriers and pessimistic thoughts that prevent us from fulfilling our lifelong goals and dreams. The ideas in this book supported me with motivation and skills management.


Mann, E. (2011). Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer. Boston: Beacon Press.

This book is a collection of community organizing experiences and challenges.


Ocean Park  Neighborhood Association

Ocean Park Association is a nonprofit, volunteer group of neighbors dedicated to working for the interests of all residents of Ocean Park in Santa Monica, California. They represent people who live and work from the beach to Lincoln Blvd and between Pico Blvd and the southern city limits. They are becoming enthusiastic supporters of the project’s potential.

 Office of Sustainability and Environment, Santa Monica

The Office of Sustainability and the Environment is responsible for developing and implementing policy initiatives that promote local environmental, economic, and social sustainability and integrating resource management, conservation, and sustainability practices with ongoing City operations. Their support is needed for city involvement in the project. 

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