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 Mike Lydon on this forthcoming book! Very excited to read it.
An excerpt from Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change
Fascinating breakdown of where we come from!
An interactive map showing nationwide migration patterns in the United States since 1900.
I usually like these types of statues - the Bronze Fonz in Milwaukee or Mary Tyler Moore in Minneapolis, but I kind of agree with the critics of this statue of Lucille Ball. Take a look!
Locals who live in Celoron, N.Y.—Lucille Ball’s hometown, btw—are mad as shit at a life-size Lucille Ball statue erected there in her honor. The bronze statue sits sadly at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. Lucy fans think it’s a disgrace to the legendary actress, comedian, model, and TV…
I hope the city does not squelch these love notes.
The fate of the cheery yellow flowers that were painted around some downtown manhole covers last week is in the hands of Beaufort City Council.
Coverage from Ontario, California last week.
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