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City Trends – 2013 Part One

December 27th, 2012 by admin

City Trends for 2013 – Part One: Positive Trends A few weeks ago I was speaking at the New York Conference of Mayors.   As part of the gig I was asked to partake in a panel discussion at the end of the event and the topic was  urban trends we had been seeing over the

Remembering Manchester Co-Creator Tony Wilson

August 10th, 2012 by admin

Today is the five year anniversary of the passing of Tony Wilson, the English TV & radio personality who was key figure in creating the Manchester music scene in the late 70’s through the 80’s and beyond.  (Check out the 2002 movie “24 Hour Party People” for a semi-autobiographical portrayal of Wilson and the Manchester

Loving the Circle City – Time Lapse of Mural

July 3rd, 2012 by admin

In May we conducted the Loving the Circle City  workshop for the young professional associations of Indianapolis.  Over 150 participants came up with many great ideas and insights into their community.  Below is the time lapse of the visual recording done by Michelle Royal.

From Wichita With Love

July 2nd, 2012 by admin

Here is a project that was born in the workshop we did in Wichita in April. They just recently launched it and the website. Well done Wichita! http://fromwichitawithlove.com/

Grande Prairie, Alberta – $500 Project Launches

June 22nd, 2012 by admin

One of the $500 prize winners from my Grande Prairie, Alberta workshop made their project happen. Congratulations! http://www.williamvavrekphotography.com/blog/2012/06/03/the-grande-fondo-love-for-cities-worksho-grande-prairie-ab/

Love Muskegon

June 10th, 2012 by admin

We had a great time in Muskegon, Michigan in early June. Fantastic to return to a city we visited a year ago and see all the amazing things they have done, including this Love Muskegon campaign. More later!

TEDx Iowa City Video

December 1st, 2011 by admin

On 11/11/11 it was my honor to be a speaker at the inaugural TEDx Iowa City event.  For a first time event, they knocked it out of the park with a great venue, cool stage and a wonderful array of speakers; local, national and international!

Marrying Your City

November 20th, 2011 by admin

In the book I write about how city themed tattoos are the equivalent of “marrying” your city.  A tattoo, like a marriage, is a near permanent commitment and whenever I see people with their city etched into their body, I know that person has a special relationship with their place.  And perhaps none more so

South Bend Declares Its Love

September 30th, 2011 by admin

In June I wrote a piece called “The Surprising Life in America’s Dying Cities” for Infrastructurist.com.  The piece highlighted the amazing things that were happening in the cities designated by Newsweek Magazine in January as the 10 most “dying” places.  Needless to say, the cities on that list were not happy with the tag placed

Does New York City Love You Back?

September 28th, 2011 by admin

Does NYC love you back? This new app and website tracks the loves and hates people have for the city. As was pointed out by one resident, being able to express your emotions for the city, good or bad, is important.