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.
Coverage from my talk in Tauranga, New Zealand.
It is the little things that make a city great, says a visiting urban expert. - Bay of Plenty Times
A bit of guerrilla street art. Thanks to Rosalie Liddle Crawford for sharing it with me!
On July 17th, 2014, graffiti artist Mobstr tagged a wall in London, sparking a year-long exchange with municipal authorities. This is their story, set to Gri...
Speaking at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand next Tuesday!
Some great pop up place making in Milwaukee. Thanks Isaac Kremer for sharing!
It all started with an idea, and the idea wasn’t even ours — it was from a bunch of really smart people with the National Endowment for the…
Great examples of simple, inexpensive stuff you can do in your city. Well done Kenmore, WA!
4 food trucks. 500 people. 1 beer garden. 2 sprinklers. 250 ice creams. 2 bands. Add those all up, and you have plenty of reasons to love Kenmore. Check out...
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