peter kageyama – love of cities

peter kageyama bw

Peter was going to be speaking at our first TEDxFrontRange, so we read his book – for The Love of Cities (linked below). Brilliant, great work – helping people fall in love with their city. So important. High recommend.

Very resonating with our: in the city.

Peter brought Michelle. Lucky us.

Find Peter’s work many places.. try here:

for the love of cities site

Here he is at TEDxFrontRange:

love of cities

book links to amazon


monday, march 12, 2012

peter kageyama

for the love of cities

  • di cicco.. italian born priest
  • he talked about something so important, so basic and so primal that i was shocked to my core by the glaring absence of its mention in the past. he spoke of love.
  • arts and culture are what make a city fall in love with itself
  • why aren’t we falling in love with our cities..
  • in a city, [from soul of community survey, via gallup organization and the knight foundation]
  • 24% attached (far from being in love)
  • 36% neutral
  • 49% unattached
  • city made by relatively small group of co-creators.. one percent of one percent
  • we place the car at the center of our thinking about cities (reminded by of colin ward’s child in the city)
  • public space means very little when you are in your car at 45 mph. it means far more when you are walking through it
  • we want more spaces to sit down when we are tired, .. what can everyone do to make everyone feel at ease in their city.. wallage, mayor of groningen, netherlands
  • defining is limiting, i cannot tell you how to love your city.
  • notes landry: if you think of the city as a mechanical thing.. you tend to come up with mechanical solutions. if you think of the city as an organism.. suddenly it’s all about relationships.
  • in contexts like council meetings, we act as if those terms are inappropriate to the serious work of city making.
  • happier citizens are healthier both physically and mentally, live longer and enjoy more success at work
  • soul of community.. 3 yr study, 28,000 people in 26 cities interviewed..magic ingredients to community satisfaction:
  • 3) aesthetics
  • 2) social offereings
  • 1) openness
  • the first steps toward creativity, simple curiosity.   chalres landry
  • build emotional connections
  • people are moved by far more than just money
  • soccernomics, kuper & syymanski talk about soccer rising to prominence where it meant more
  • what we seek once our core needs have been met is meaning, meaningful work/play/connections
  • is our city playground rich? open to experimentation?
  • no one falls in love with a place because of maintenance issues
  • love/hate index, chris miller, savannah, georgia
  • we want to be comfortable in love, to be able to relax and just be ourselves.
  • in our cities, the 3rd space (not home, not work) remains the coffee shop
  • wifi – huge – because connection is huge
  • food, books,
  • make cities more walkable
  • walkable cities are also more democratic
  • walking also allows for improvisation, a key ingredient in discovery and curiosity
  • dog walkers are the eyes on the street, public safety
  • how does your city look from outsiders.. the first time a person arrives
  • the city is a venue, a stage, a playground, a canvas, a meeting place and a market, as well as a its other more traditional definitions
  • accept spontaneous behavior. ie: young people are skating close to the city hall. they make a lot of noise and people get frightened.
  • but i think that when young people are skating in the heart of the city you should be glad.
  • increase the people watching potential of the city, and you increase fun and overall satisfaction
  • have newspapers write about what’s next…
  • we don’t need to produce more stuff, we just need to shine a brighter light on the things that are already going on..and celebrate the stories that are happening
  • take people by the hand and intro them to the city they live in but don’t actually know
  • i am a people architect, working to humanize cities – Jan Gehl
  • urban citizenship: unprecedented connectivity, desire to make, restless nature.. often refuses to ask permission
  • change the convo.

the answers are everywhere, but are we asking the right questions…

  • create the space to operate
  • wanting change to happen can be seen as rebellion, particularly by those most entrenched by the status quo
  • when you get close to people.. anything can be accomplished
  • ah, man, these white kids are takin’ over the city… i say, naw, they’re filling the gaps.  – larry mongo, detroit
  • ..the undeniable longing of wanting to do better today than you did yesterday..robert fogarty, new orleans
  • do you need a complete disaster to shake loose the ossified sediment in communities that prevents change?
  • the corporate and political class of the city has to understand the role of this bottom-up energy and not squelch that enthusiasm
  • if you embed yourself in that world, you can’t help but fall in love with the city  claire nelson, detroit
  • on co creators.. what are they chasing that motivates them to go where so many others literally fear to tread?.. meaning.
  • meaning and purpose come not from what you buy, but from what you make. when opportunities arise for us to make meaningful places, we are drawn to them.
  • these cities suffer in quiet desperation, dying a little everyday by the slow but inevitable accretion of global change. it is in the cities that have been shocked out of their complacency that we see the potential power that resides in every community…. muster the will to change.
  • for the most part you can’t pay these people to do something that they don’t already want to do.
  • they do these things because of who they are
  • stimulation rather than motivation…create a pulse, excitement, fun, energy
  • creativity is a natural resource but unlike oil or coal, the more of it you use, the more you generate
  • most of us will not act on these impulses but potentially all of us can
  • we need to expand our thinking on the value of emotional connectivity and 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..
  • every place has people who love it. find them. bring them together, ask them for their help.

spot on Peter..
grazie… looking forward to your visit to our city


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I was just looking at a NY Times story about rarely seen photos of Japanese-American internment during WW2. I am scrolling through the gallery and land on THIS PHOTO. That is my FATHER – Paul Kageyama. He is 15 years old at the time and I suspect that was the worst day of his life.


then he adds this

What is ironic is that my father met some of his lifelong friends while in camp. He met his best friends Masa Taketoshi and Peter Matsumoto whom I am named after. And his future wife, Asaye Takagi. My dad reconnected with Asaye in 1988 at a Topaz Reunion. They fell in love and he spent the remainder of his life with her back in California. Lots of bad came out of the camps, but for my father, some amazing things came about as well.