by Melody Warnick

This was in the newspaper -

She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that residents sometimes feel with their towns—and travels to towns across America to see it in action. She speaks with people who are devoted to improving their cities and finds out what draws highly mobile Americans to the places we live and what makes them stay. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected. Dining with the neighbors. Taking a hike. Meeting the mayor. Shopping Small Business Saturday. Marching in the town Christmas parade. Can these things make a halfhearted resident happier?