Welcome to Wynott: Rethinking the Way We've Always Done Things

With a light touch and a lot of humor, Ray 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. More

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About Ray Harris

Ray Harris is a self-employed problem-solver. His achievements include several unique real estate developments, a thriving public elementary school, a full-scale development of services and residences for seniors, and most recently, an ambitious 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 variety of topics is elegantly compiled in "Welcome to Wynott."

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