This was an amazing book that I read over the holiday season that really spoke the the core values that I have as a local politician. I really recommend it, both as a politician and as a citizen.
Here is the link to the book at amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Community-Structure-Belonging-Peter-Block/dp/1605092770
IF I was going to try and boil the whole book down to a couple sentences it would be: Give the keys back to the people. Our communities are amazingly strong.
My recent work with the Cobble Hill Event Society (CHES) has shown that a small group of community members working with local government can help FACILITATE a better community.