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For the Love of Cities [Kindle Edition]

Peter Kageyama
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Book Description

The mutual love affair between people and their place is one of the most powerful influences in our lives, yet rarely thought of in terms of a relationship. As cities begin thinking of themselves as engaged in a relationship with their citizens, and citizens begin to consider their emotional connections with their places, we open up new possibilities in community, social and economic development by including the most powerful of motivators—the human heart—in our toolkit of city-making.

The book explores what makes cities lovable, what motivates ordinary citizens to do extraordinary things for their places and how some cities, such as New Orleans, Detroit, and Cleveland are using that energy to fill in the gaps that “official” city makers have left as resources have disappeared. Meet those amazing people who are truly “in love” with their cities and learn how they are key to the future development of our communities.

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About the Author

Peter Kageyama is the co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary event that brings together citizens and practitioners around the big idea of the city. Peter is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization. He has spoken all over the world about bottom up community development and the amazing people that are making change happen.

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  • File Size: 1941 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZL9PL0
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I love to find powerful books to add to my urban design library - especially books with great quotes about city building! Peter Kageyama's new book fits the bill. Here's a few insights from Peter:

"We experience cities emotionally, yet we talk about them technically, As we have built our cities we have done so in a mechanical way, thinking about the city as a machine when it is far more of a complex living organism".

"In an economy where talent comes in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, where the best places have to compete for the best talent in the world, the only way to retain talent is to offer the kind of place that provides emotional attachment".

"I believe that if you examined who really builds, contributes to and essentially 'makes' a city you would find that those citizens who have an emotional connection with their city make the difference".

"The city, as a whole, is made by a relatively small number of 'co-creators' who-in their roles as entrepreneurs, activists, artists, performers, students, organizers and otherwise 'concerned citizens' - create the experiences that most of us consume".

"Find ways to engage the human heart, which I believe will prove to be the most powerful tool ever unleashed in the development of our communities".

"When Cities are loved, they too thrive. When we recognize we are in a relationship with our place, we start to treat it differently and we act accordingly".

For the Love of Cities is filled with lots of examples of individuals from all around the country demonstrating a love of place and making a difference in their communities.

For community leaders involved in economic development Mr Kageyama's book is a breath of fresh air and offers a way to capture and articulate what makes one city more attractive, more lovable, and ultimately more economically sustainable than the next.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Love of Cities October 11, 2011
Having lived and worked in Boston, Providence, and Tampa as an Architect I have seen many of the positives and negatives regarding city and placemaking. In this book, Peter brings to light the idea that the single most important tool to making a city grow and become livable is love. Through inspiring stories from around the country he shows that not just established cities and towns are worthy of this love but that those cities that seem small or troubled have the most opportunities for the hard working creators to make the greatest impact. Love will reap the best harvest in these cities that need it most.

For those out there that wonder how they can get involved or make their place better, this book provides true examples of how to do so and will inspire you to make it happen. It's a great read and I wish more would take his words to heart. Our cities would be much better places to live if we all did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE LOVE OF INSIGHT March 20, 2011
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This book took a topic that interests me, and unexpectedly made it even more interesting to me. The author clearly has a passion for his topic, and manages to convey a lot more in the way of interesting ideas and insights that I frankly expected. For example, I have been for years lamenting America's evolution into what I call "strip mall hell", but Kageyama provides a well-researched and surprisingly interesting time line....a succession of various motives, legislation, and even prejudices that got us here. Better yet, he presents a path forward so that we can become more than just a "functional" society, and get back to what made us love cities before we went awry. Anyone who loves the great metropolises of the world (past, present or future) and wants to belong to them deserves to read this insightful and often witty book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of Cities March 27, 2011
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I got a lot of useful ideas from this book. Not only regarding creative cities but also linked to organic business modeling and biomimicry. Super. It was also an eye opener regarding key intelligence indicators when looking for cities with potential. Thanks for thinking for all of us. Keep on writing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do you love your city? January 18, 2014
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No, it's not for the paved streets. Nope, not the water, cable TV, telephone, electric or sewer system. Not even the mass transit system. We love our cities for some very interesting reasons and we demonstrate that love in a number of ways. Kageyama does a great job helping us understand why we love our cities (or towns or metropolitan areas) and as he helps us understand, he motivates us to contribute to make them even better. I dare you to read this and not get involved in your city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars City leaders, read it! You will be glad you did. January 7, 2014
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Should be read by every elected city official and their staffs. We can make our cities more livable for everyone.
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