Local Level Renewal Across the Country: What are Today’s Secrets of Success?

September 23rd, 2018 | Starts at: 4:00 pm

James & Deborah Fallows: Cities Saving Themselves

The authors of a best-selling book that shines a light on the many ways small American cities are thriving will be in Eau Claire this weekend to help the community celebrate the opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

The Fallowses — both widely respected writers whose work regularly appears in prestigious publications such as The Atlantic and National Geographic — traveled across the US for more than four years in a single-engine prop plane to learn from Americans in smaller communities. The married duo visited places like Allentown, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Mississippi; and Dodge City, Kansas. In each place they met people coming together to create jobs and solve problems. They chronicled their experience in “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America”. The book explores what is happening in small urban areas, places often ignored by mainstream national media, including small cities that are thriving as they reinvent themselves despite challenges ranging from declining industries to assimilating new immigrants to the opioid crisis.

Proceeds from this public talk will benefit the Chippewa Valley Book Festival The Fallowses’ “Our Towns” book — the basis of an upcoming HBO documentary — will be sold during the Sunday lecture event.