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"Playborhood:" Parent guide creates community playscapes

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(Read caption) In his new book "Playborhood," author Mike Lanza has created a how-to guide for parents who want to turn local empty spaces into the kind of safe community playscapes that encourage activity and add value to neighborhoods.

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Parent and play advocate Mike Lanza is not one to move into a new neighborhood and hope for the best for his kids.

The author of the new book "Playborhood" describes in great detail his philosophy and the elbow-grease steps he undertook to create a life for his kids, and those who live in proximity, that more closely mirrors the kind of playful, neighborhood-based childhood kids had 30 to 40 years ago than the  sedentary, living-room-based one that many have today.

Lanza accomplishes this with great humor and plenty of vivid examples of people reclaiming their community spaces for play and gathering, from inner city Bronx, to an apartment-complex courtyard in California, to a formerly faceless intersection in Portland, Oregon.

As such, his can-do spirit is not only infectious, but is backed up with specific how-to's: informing a reader how to turn a driveway into a giant game board, for example, or a yard into a nature or other playscape where kids will want to come play.

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