15 to Watch in 2015

I got a great shout out from the Tampa Bay Times as someone making things happen in the Tampa Bay region for 2015.  For the full list click Read more

Do You Love Your City?

What makes cities lovable? Why do we connect emotionally with some places and not others? And why does that matter? Author and consultant Peter Kageyama loves cities.  Big cities, small cities, villages and small towns.  He thinks he has Read more

Group Hug St. Louis

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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 city. Could be a building, a piece of public art, a sign or even a person.

I love the simplicity and genuine heart that this idea shows.  Way to go guys!

T-Shirts: Holding Hands With Your City

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In 2010  I was researching the book on what makes kinds of markers indicate love or an emotional connection with our cities.  I came upon STL Style out of St. Louis and several other similar companies who were making local themed t-shirts aimed at their local citizens.  These I thought were fantastic examples of a “public display of affection” for you city.  When you wear an STL Style or Rubber City Clothing (Akron) shirt you are proclaiming your affection for your city. ( Also check out Fleurty Girl from New Orleans and Detroit Lives.)

New t-shirts now available at STL Style

About a month later I was attending the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE) conference in Cleveland.  As I looked through the list of attendees and their affiliations I noticed Jeff and Randy Vines from STL Style.  These were the guys I had written about and here we were, far from our respective homes, coming together because of our passion for cities!  Of course I introduced myself and we immediately connected.

So when I started thinking about doing a t-shirt that would coincide with my book, Jeff and Randy were the obvious connection.  This shirt, which we designed together, embodies the idea of love of cities.  When we connect with our city on an emotional level, amazing things can happen.  We see when children, plants, pets or even objects are loved, they thrive.  We need to nurture our relationship with our cities and find again that which we love about them.

CITY Love T-shirts Now Available

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In partnership with the amazing guys at STL-Style in St. Louis, I am very happy to announce a special t-shirt design to commemorate the book launch.   I write about how retailers such as STL-Style are creating t-shirts that are aimed at locals who want to express their pride in the communities.  Wearing these shirts is essentially a public display of affection for your city.  So we hoped to come up with a design that could speak to those of us who love cities.

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