What makes cities lovable? Why do we connect emotionally with some places and not others? And why does that matter?
Author and urban strategist Peter Kageyama loves cities—big cities, small cities, villages and small towns. He thinks he has found the “secret sauce” of what makes cities successful and it is those same people who love their cities. It is those ordinary citizens who somehow go above and beyond typical levels of citizenship and do extraordinary things for their places. Not because they are paid to, but because of their desire to make things happen in their hometown.
On Feb. 20, Our Palo Alto will host a community workshop called For the Love of Palo Alto, facilitated by Kageyama, who will lead an interactive and fun discussion about how we fall in love with our cities, what works and why we respond, and explore how people's emotional engagement with their city can turn into tangible action.
Come with your neighbors, friends and family for a fun and free community get-together with Peter as we talk about For the Love of Palo Alto.
Details: Feb. 20, 1-4 p.m. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto This event is a part of the Our Palo Alto community event series and is free and open to the public.
TEDx Talk - For the Love of Cities Peter Kageyama speaks on how loving your city and taking initiatives to make it a better place will create an atmosphere everyone can enjoy. He also talks about some creative ideas small cities are doing to get people to come live there.
Peter Kageyama Bio Peter Kageyama is the best-selling author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places.” The book looks at what makes cities loveable, what motivates citizens to do extraordinary things for their places, and how some cities use that energy to fill in the gaps that “official” city makers have left when resources disappear.
Peter is a community and economic development consultant based in St. Petersburg, FL. He 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. He is also the former president of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization. Peter has spoken all over the world about bottom up community development and the amazing people that are making change happen. He was recently named a Special Advisor to St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.