Why does it have to be this way?
Why can’t someone come up with something better?
Why do we keep running into the same problems?
At some point, we need to stop saying “Why?” and start saying “Why not?” This is that point, and author Ray Harris has started the conversation. With a light touch and a lot of humor, Harris applies fresh thinking to existing systems and structures, and creates a blueprint for a new American urban community, called “Wynott.” Whether an inner-city neighborhood, an aging suburb, or a small town, Wynott can exist in any place where enough people agree to try something different, and commit to making it work. You could be one of those people . . . Welcome to WYNOTT!
About the Author's
Ray Harris is a self-employed problem solver. His achievements include several unique real estate developments, a thriving public elementary school, a full-scale devel¬opment of services and residences for seniors, and most recently, an ambi¬tious public/private partnership to restore and improve public spaces. With a little bit of moxie and a lot of mojo, Ray has made a career out of doing what people said can’t be done. His hard-won knowledge on a wide range of topics is elegantly compiled in this fun book.
Lily Coyle is a freelance writer and playwright. She currently resides in Minneapolis with a few perfect children, an imperfect dog, and a talented husband. In writing this book, Lily was inspired by memories of her grandparents’ farm, before it was sold and transformed into a suburban housing development.
What's Being Said
“Why not Ray Harris for president? Ray has solved many of the problems besetting our society. His witty and imaginative solutions, together with the charming illustrations, make this book a must-read.
—David S. Doty, Senior U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota
“A very powerful message that will appeal to a lot of people because of its humor, wit, and accessibility.”
—Thomas Fisher, Professor and Dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota
“A refreshing serving of common sense about how to make our communities more prosperous and pleasurable.”
—Jay Walljasper, Author of The Great Neighborhood Book
“Refreshing and provocative ideas to make life better for everybody, from toddlers to seniors.”
—Don Fraser, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota 1980-1993
“Fresh thinking, an easy read, and full of important ideas.”
—Amy E. Ryan, Library Director, Boston
“In Welcome to Wynott, Ray shares the wisdom that has made him one of the community’s best teachers. Through his decades of leadership, he’s taught all of us the importance of embracing rather than resisting change.”
—Phillip L. Davis, President, Minneapolis Community & Technical College