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.)
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.
Congratulations to my friends in Richmond, Indiana for being named the best small city in Indiana by 101 USA.
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Brazil's coolest graffiti.
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Dear New Orleans by Steve Gleason. A love letter to a city from one of it's heroes.
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Speaking in Winter Park on Thursday night.
Peter Kageyama believes beauty is one of the strongest assets of Winter Park. "A beautiful city matters," says the author of "For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places."
And on a global level - Melbourne remains a top choice.
Melbourne, Australia is the "most livable city in the world" for the fifth straight year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2015 Global Livability Ranking. The annual report ranked 140 cities
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