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.
I am so happy the my friend Jeff Speck is working on Tampa's downtown!
Making downtown Tampa to be safer for pedestrians and bicyclists is top of mind for urban planner Jeff Speck as he advises investor Jeff Vinik on how to design his 40-acre project surrounding Water Street.
Love letters to trees!
The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.
The solution to graffiti? Better graffiti!
A graffiti artist's year-long battle with a local council has been recorded in a brilliant photo series.
A bike friendly city is an lovable city. Well done Watsonville!
WATSONVILLE >> In his book “For the Love of Cities,” author Peter Kageyama cites a 2009 Gallup study that states only 24 percent of people are emotionally engaged with their community.According to Kageyama, the study also fo
Coverage from Richmond, IN and the tourism conference I spoke at yesterday.
Author's advice: When planning a project, always ask 'Where's the fun?'
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