In this rich blend of stories, Carissa Halton captures the spirit of her downtown neighbourhood while sharing fresh ideas about justice and injustice in city life. Take a stroll down the street with her, meet her neighbours, and join an inspirational conversation about the true nature of home. Halton writes with clarity and tenderness about a place she loves. -- Linda Goyette, Writer, Author and Journalist
Halton clearly delights in interacting with people from all walks of life; her interest and empathy sparkle throughout. Her tone is factual, nonjudgmental, and often wryly funny. Little Yellow House is a balanced presentation of a diverse community in transition, complete with faults and growing pains. While she and other neighborhood activists work on projects to combat dilapidated properties and drug houses and to support school and local arts programming, she is clear-eyed about the dangers of gentrification. Little Yellow House shows how real, sustainable community development can be built with a formula of persistent action, engagement with a wide group of allies, trust, layers of incremental successes, and a good sense of humor.
Our oldest neighbourhoods and their diverse array of residents spanning class and culture have much to teach us about our societies’ greatest weaknesses and strengths. The essays in Little Yellow House reflect on what makes our neighbourhoods thrive. Readers, no matter where they live, will be inspired to take a more active and compassionate role in making their communities more safe, just, and inclusive. I am grateful for support from the Edmonton Arts Council.