Sunday Video: Peter Kageyama on creating lovable cities
Peter Kageyama, a community and economic development consultant and author of "For the Love of Cities," thinks that we need to find more lovers for our cities. "Ultimately, the element that makes for the most lovable cities are the people themselves who are in love with the city, the ones who are those living embodiments of a love note," Kageyama said in a presentation at TEDxIowaCity in November.
A love note, as he defines it, is a small thing that has an outsized impact on the way we feel about a place, much like a gift's accompanying love note that adds to the meaning of the gift. Kageyama lists city improvements such as New York's more pedestrian friendly Times Square or Chicago's playful Millennium Park. "It totally changes the way you feel about (the city)," Kageyama said.
On Wednesday, Kageyama will bring his love of cities message to Omaha as he delivers the closing keynote at the Greater Omaha Young Professionals 2012 Young Professional Summit. His message will likely strike a chord with the audience as its made up of individuals who are interested in engaging, growing and developing Omaha.
Whether or not you'll be attending the Summit, I encourage you to listen to Kageyama's message in the 19-minute video below, it's one that I especially appreciate as I'm a fan of a unique and interesting activities, like the Zombie Walk he mentions, that take place in cities. It absolutley makes me love those cities more.
Credits: Video from TEDxTalks on YouTube.
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