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.
Video highlights from my talk last week in Detroit.
The emotional connection between residents and their city is a vital component of Detroit’s ongoing resurgence. That’s the message Peter Kageyama, best-selli...
From Palo Alto last week - they are embracing the love!
Seen yesterday at Palo Alto's city hall.
Some 'love' from Purdue!
If you've not heard Alicia Keys' soaring tribute to New York City, you need to. It's beautiful. It's a love song, really, a love song to her hometown. Keys, of course, isn't the first to write a song about a city. Not even the first one to sing about New York. Frank Sinatra told us if you could make…
Next week to Palo Alto, CA for a community workshop and talk. Alliance for Innovation
What makes Palo Alto lovable and why does that matter? Come join your friends, neighbors and community members to find out and talk more about why we connect with the place where we live and the impact it can have in terms of civic participation. Internationally-acclaimed author Peter Kageyama has…
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