1.7 min readBy Published On: August 26th, 2016Categories: Features0 Comments on Homework Assignment: Imagine 2030 Reading List

You’re about to get schooled.  Mayor Marty Walsh and the Imagine Boston 2030 want you to expand your mind and get reading!  As part of the community engagement process, the mayor would like you to brush up on your reading and suggested a list of books to well…read.  The list of books was composed by member’s of Marty’s team and combines some Boston history and some concepts that will hopefully help with conversations about the future of our city.  Plus reading is awesome!

So which books made the list?  Here they are including one very compelling Southie story!  All books are available the Boston Public Library!

Reading List

  • “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond
  • “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs
  • “Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development” by Mel King
  • “The Given Day” by Dennis Lehane
  • “Common Ground” by J. Anthony Lukas
  • “All Souls” by Michael Patrick MacDonald (Southie book!)
  • “The Power Broker” by Robert Caro
  • “Karma and Other Stories” by Rishi Reddit
  • “The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong” by Judith Rodin
  • “Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio” by Mario Luis Small
  • “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time” by Jeff Speck
  • “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future” by Joseph E. Stiglitz

For our little ones:

Youth (Ages 3+) Reading List:

  • “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing” by M. T. Anderson
  • “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau
  • “Pennies for Elephants” by Lita Judge
  • “What’s the Big Idea? Four Centuries of Innovation in Boston” by Stephen Krensky
  • “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey
  • “Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagine” by Steve McDonald
  • “Beneath the Streets of Boston” by Joe McKendry
  • “On the Loose in Boston (Find the Animals)” by Sage Stossel

Add to the list! The City of Boston also is looking for your help in growing the reading list!  They want you to vote on 3 to add to the list!

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