Dar Williams

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Reactions to What I Found In A Thousand Towns

“Dar Williams, a singer-songwriter in the folk-introspective vein, has taken a road less traveled. She has written a book about grass-roots urban renewal…[What I Found in A Thousand Towns] does remind us that walking on the wild side—which these days means taking a stroll outside one’s techno-bubble—is a trip worth taking.”

—Wall Street Journal

“The popular folk singer and songwriter Dar William’s new book is not another endless parade of music memoirs. Having performed around the United States for so many years, Williams writes about how she believes towns can best thrive in an age of economic and environmental struggles…. [What I Found in a Thousand Towns] reads as if Pete Seeger and Jane Jacobs teamed up, more a report from the Green party than the green room.”

The New York Times Book Review

“During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams’ grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective.”

KIRKUS

“What I Found in a Thousand Towns is a thoughtful and passionately explored journey of how American towns can revitalize and come to life through their art, food, history, mom and pop business, and community bridge building. Dar Williams gives us hope and vision for the possibilities of human connection.”

—Emily Saliers, Indigo Girls

“To become a great city planner takes three things: strong powers of observation, the ability to communicate, and the opportunity to travel the world to learn from successes and failures. Anyone who has heard a Dar Williams song is familiar with her gifts in the first two categories. And what better vocation than wandering minstrel to get to know the wide world and all its places? So observant, so articulate, and so prepared, Ms. Williams has created a stealth city planning text that is unsurpassed in its ability to charm and enlighten.”

Jeff Speck, city planner and author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

“Dar Williams channels the soul and spirit of Jane Jacobs. With a song-writer’s eye for detail and an urbanist’s nose for what makes cities and towns work, she provides stunning portraits of America’s great small towns. What I Found in a Thousand Towns will open your eyes to the key things that makes communities succeed and thrive even when the deck is stacked against them. I love this book: You will too.”

—Richard Florida, author of The New Urban Crisis

updated: 4 months ago