Here is a wonderful example of unconventional and exceptional leadership by Mayor Tom Brown of McPherson, Kansas. (I write about McPherson and Mayor Brown in the book.)
In January 2010, the city was gifted the local golf course. Many thought it a mixed blessing as the golf course had never been profitable. But it was an opportunity for the city and Mayor Brown challenged the staff by saying that if the golf course turned a profit, he would jump in the lake on the first hole. For the first time ever, the golf course turned a profit in 2010 and as you can see here, the Mayor is a man of his word!
This gesture not only created news all over the city and region, it was a simple little “love note” to the community. This small gesture has had an outsized impact on McPherson and is something that people will remember and smile about for a long time.
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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