Mayor's Book Club

Each quarter, residents are invited to participate in the Mayor’s Book Club. Join Mayor Lauren Poe as he hosts discussions of the selected book. Meet new people, have meaningful dialogue, get inspired and help put ideas into action at the Mayor’s Book Club.

Selected Book: Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
Date: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Meeting room A, Headquarters Branch of the Alachua Library District, 401 E. University Ave.

More info: Why are some cities a joy to live in? As the author reveals, it's not how much money your neighbors earn, or how pleasant the climate is that makes the most difference.  Journeying to dozens of cities - from Atlanta to Bogotá to Vancouver - Montgomery talks to the new champions of the happy city to explore the urban innovations already transforming people's lives. He meets the visionary mayor who turned some of the world's most dangerous roads into an urban cycling haven, the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan towns to modern-day Copenhagen, and the NYC transportation commissioner who turned the gridlock of Times Square into a place to lounge in the sun.

Drawing on the lessons from their stories, from brain science, and from the fascinating realm of urban experimentation, Happy City offers solutions we can all use to improve our lives, and shows that simple changes can make all the difference.

Montgomery believes in the importance of smart town planning and Happy City is a compendium of its major ideas. His writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. For more information on the Happy City book and movement, visit