For The Love of Cities

For the Love of Cities

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 motivatorsthe human heartin our toolkit of city-making. 


Love Where You Live

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. This book explores how to build networks of co-creators, how to allay community fears, how to deal with naysayers and bad news, how to find your authentic identity and how little bits of funding can be instrumental in creating big changes.

Love Where You Live

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Praise for the Book

For the Love of Cities succeeds in putting an exclamation point on the exceptional value of deepening the relationship that city dwellers feel for their neighborhoods by adding amenities such as parks, outdoor cafes, art galleries, trees, flowers and even sidewalks to create a meaningful sense of place.  It also explores the often hidden added value of creative entrepreneurs in creating a sense of place that attracts, nurtures and retains citizens.
The book is a love note from Author Peter Kageyama to cities everywhere that will prompt you to more closely examine your own relationship with where you live, work and play.

Diane Egner
Publisher and Managing Editor, 83 Degrees Media
Former Book Editor, The Tampa Tribune

What Kageyama has done is to introduce the vital piece into the urban discussion– the matter of love; the piece without which all city building must fail, for “love”  the corner stone of civic citizenship. It takes some bravura and acumen to champion the subject of love in the urban forum that wants to quantify, when only love qualifies and justifies the discussion of cities. Mr. Kageyama goes one step further. He provides precious indicators. Many city thinkers will follow suit, but for the time being, this is the essential book.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Poet Laureate Emeritus, Toronto, Ontario
Author of Municipal Mind: Manifestos for The Creative City

For the Love of Cities is a must read for city changemakers.

Jeff Slobotski
Silicon Prairie News & Founder, Big Omaha


Peter, has captured something very important… love.  When we love a city, we are committed to it, we engage with it, we care for it, we give our best to it. A city that is loved also gives back. It makes those who live there feel enriched. And so you have a virtuous cycle.

Charles Landry
Author of The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators and The Art of City Making