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.
For the Love of Cities commented on their own link.
Coverage from the Tampa Bay Issue Media Group publication, 83 Degrees. Thanks for the love!
'Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places' by Peter Kageyama encourages cities to thrive by creating and nurturing cool places, activities and events.
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!
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