In For the Love of Cities, I write about the Philadelphia Love Letter project by artist Steve Powers and the Philly Mural Arts program. With the success of that project, other cities have been asking Powers to work with them. Here is his latest work in Syracuse. Note in the video how he uses a community engagement process to really understand what people love about their city. And the result is wonderful!
Interesting piece from NextCity. Not sure I concur with the premise that 'size matters' in terms of love or 'place identity' as they call it, but a stimulating read.
People identify strongly with their cities — even more so when they’re big.
Love Where You Live is now available as an E-book!
Following the widespread success of For the Love of Cities, this book builds upon the central premise that love of place matters, with more examples from all over the world and practical steps that community leaders, both official and unofficial, might use to kick start the process in their city....
Great to spend time with Dr. Ray Oldenburg, originator of the idea of "third spaces." Talked about cities and what makes great third spaces. Interesting tidbit: he told me that he never envisioned that the corporate world would embrace his idea of third spaces and he was even more surprised how quickly they got. Faster than his original target audience, city planners!
Artist Stephen Powers began his work in Philadelphia creating an amazing 'love letter' to the city. He continues his amazing work in Baltimore. Check it out!
Stephen Powers and ICY Signs resuscitate the art of sign-painting—along with the morale of those in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods.
Very excited to meet Dr. Ray Oldenburg this coming week. Oldenburg is the author of The Great Good Place, which began the conversation about the importance of "third spaces" like coffee shops, cafes, parks and public gathering spaces.
Ray Oldenburg (born 1932) is an American urban sociologist who is known for writing about the importance of informal public gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement. He coined the term third place and is the author of the books Celebrating The Third Place…
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