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.
Nice editorial from Elkhart County, Indiana where I kicked off their Vibrant Communities initiative.
The Vibrant Communities Initiative of Elkhart County kicked off Tuesday as more than 600 people crammed into the Lerner Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom in Elkhart.
I talk a lot about potholes but here is a new one! A very interesting way to get the attention of your local government. :-)
A man named Wanksy is painting penises on potholes so the council has to take action
Interesting that one of the key aspects of cities will be their age friendliness, especially towards aging populations.
Here's how cities can prepare for aging populations.
The "Missing Middle" of the Housing Market
“Missing middle” architecture could ease rents — and allow more Americans to build real estate wealth.
Coverage from my talk in Charlotte yesterday for Envision America.
Charlotte is among the “smart” cities using technology to boost efficiency and quality of life. But urban expert Peter Kageyama has an additional goal: Make cities lovable.
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