How you can help

A listing of organizations and people who are dedicated to ministering to the health and well-being of the city and its citizens. Please let us know of any omissions.

— As referenced in the post A call for entries: How you can help

Think tanks


From its mission statement:

The analysis of AB417 aims to provide imaginative and innovative insight on the built environment by engaging societal issues including but not limited to: architecture, community, politics, philosophy, history, economics, psychology, sociology, art and literature. This “think tank” directed at the everyday routine allows the current condition of the modern context to not only be evaluated, but challenged.

For more information and how you can contribute your gifts, check out AB417’s People page and its entire web site, including the current newsletter (PDF only).

Note: Jon Swerens is an associate member of AB417.


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  • 1. A call for entries: How you can help « the good city  |  October 6, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    […] How you can help […]

  • 2. andrew blechman  |  June 5, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Hi folks,

    I just wanted to make sure you were aware of my new book, Leisureville, which Jim Kunstler and Andres Duany blurbed for the back cover. It is about the proliferation of age-segregated retirement communities for people in their 50s and 60s. Children may visit, but their guest passes time out much like international visas, after which time they are basically reduced to the status of human contraband. In the book, I trace the history of this phenomenon to the Arizona desert of the 1950s, as well as profile the world’s largest gated retirement community in Florida. It’s called The Villages and it is nearly twice the size of Manhattan, will have a population of more than 110,000, and no children are allowed. The growth of leisurevilles represents nothing less than a revolution in our societal living arrangements as well as the intersection of many themes that define us today: manufactured leisure and convenience, segregation, escapism, sprawl, fortressing, government by contract, and more. Twelve million Americans are expected to move to leisurevilles in the coming decade or so, and that’s a very conservative estimate. This is not a sunbelt phenomenon — the majority of leisurevilles are now being built in the North, outside major cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.

    Below are two reviews from the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World. (You can read the full reviews by hyperlinking on the newspaper titles.) You can also learn more about Leisureville by visiting my website:

    Best Wishes,


    Fascinating…. Secession movements are an American instinct, and Blechman sees one afoot in the migration of young, well-off retirees to the land of golf and sunshine…. If you are squeamish at the thought of people over 55 socializing, having sex, drinking, smoking pot, line dancing and saying they are happy with their lives, avert your eyes now…. Blechman disappears down the rabbit hole.
    — The New York Times Sunday Book Review

    After reading Leisureville, the first thing I have to say is: Listen up.
    — The Washington Post


  • 3. Ron Lowe  |  July 26, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I love your website and the mission of your organization. I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which has recently experienced a downtown renaissance similar to what you describe taking place in Ft. Wayne. I will be linking to your site on the web site for our organization (, which has a very similar vision for our city. Best wishes.


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