Posts Tagged ‘love your city’

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.

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!

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

For the Love of Akron

September 1st, 2011 by admin

On August 23, 2011 we conducted the “For the Love of Akron” workshop at the University of Akron. The event was sponsored by the Akron office of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation and drew over 200 participants. The event also featured Knight Soul of the Community lead consultant Katherine Loflin, the team from The

People To Know – Katie O’Keefe of Cleveland, Ohio

August 8th, 2011 by admin

In For the Love of Cities I wrote about Katie O’Keefe of Cleveland, Ohio as an example someone in love with their city.  Katie’s story of coming back to Cleveland is powerful, but what caught my attention was her commitment to Cleveland exemplified by her magnificent sleeve tattoo of the Cleveland skyline.  I noted in

Surprising Life in America’s “Dying” Cities

June 17th, 2011 by admin

Here is the piece I wrote for Infrastructurist.com which challenges the way we think about statistics.  In cities that Newsweek magazine declared to be “dying” we have seen amazing amounts of life and activity.  Recall the recent post that showed New Orleans was the “coolest city for startups”; on Newsweek’s list, New Orleans was the

Group Hug St. Louis

May 21st, 2011 by admin

The owners of STL Style, Jeff & Randy Vines, whom I profile in the book, have come up with an ingenious idea to spread the love in their hometown. The are sponsoring “Group Hug St. Louis” which invites people from all over the area to take a picture of themselves hugging something they love about

The Ripple Effect in Wayne, Michigan

May 10th, 2011 by admin

After I spoke at the Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference in Detroit, a group from Wayne, Michigan decided to start a blog called “For the Love of Wayne.”  The blog “lets local people share their personal stories about why they love Wayne.” They write:  This blog is a project of the Wayne Ripple Effect,