Maker City book

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By Marcia Kadanoff

In 2017, I wrote a book with Peter Hirshberg and Dale Dougherty available on Amazon. To our shock and amazement it became a best seller in the category City & Regional planning.  More exciting than this was learning that some city leaders were using the book as we intended - guiding their work as they revitalized their cities.  

Maker City: A practical guide to reinventing our cities

Maker City is designed to help cities understand the Maker movement and the impact it is having on economic opportunity: ecosystem development, education, advanced manufacturing, workforce development, and real estate.

The book is based on interviews completed with 50 thought leaders and practitioners who work at the forefront of the Maker movement in around 20+ cities.

Brooklyn, New York Los Angeles, California
Chattanooga, Tennessee Louisville, Kentucky
Chicago, Illinois Macon, Georgia
Cleveland, Ohio New York, New York
Detroit, Michigan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Elyria, Ohio Portland, Oregon
Fremont, California Providence, Rhode Island
Ithaca, New York Raleigh, North Carolina
Kansas City, Missouri San Diego, California
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania San Francisco, California
 Wenatchee, Washington

Additional research was done on the Internet.

The target audiences for Maker City are leaders/activists in business, education, and nonprofits, as well as city leaders responsible for making policy.

Our goal is to provide practical examples and guidance people can use to strengthen and build their own Maker City.


The book was generously funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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