CITY NAMES LOCAL AUTHOR AS MAYOR'S ADVISOR TO CREATIVE CITIES
St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 8, 2013) - While doing research for his book, "For the Love of Cities," St. Petersburg author Peter Kageyama traveled from coast to coast to find examples of cities where citizens engage in a mutual love affair with their hometowns. Be it Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, New Orleans or St. Petersburg, Peter has studied the unique "love notes" that residents give their city, and demonstrate how cities become more creative vibrant places in return.
Now, Peter Kageyama has signed on to give back to the community he calls home by serving as the advisor to the mayor on creative cities. In this voluntary position, Peter will gather intelligence and best practices of new and creative tactics made by people, both in the private and public sector, to improve their communities, and share those findings with the mayor and his senior staff to see if they would be good enhancements for St. Petersburg to implement.
"Peter Kageyama can be an amazing resource, and the best part is that he lives right here and truly loves this community," said Mayor Bill Foster. "We look forward to hearing what he has to say and challenging our residents to come up with low cost and creative solutions to improve the quality of all of our lives."
"I travel all over the US and the world and see many amazing people and projects," said Kageyama. " I hope to bring some of those ideas back to my home town and share them with Mayor Foster and the city staff. Ultimately I want to see great things happen here in St Pete and this seems like a great way for me to help."
Peter Kageyama is a community and economic development consultant based in St. Petersburg. He looks at what makes cities lovable, and what motivates citizens to do extraordinary things for their "places." Peter speaks about how we can turn peoples' emotional engagement with their place into tangible action and use that excitement and energy as a much needed community development resource.
Some examples of unique strategies communities have applied include Providence, Rhode Island's "Waterfire" on the city's riverfront; Key West's bed races on Duval Street; unique street painting projects to slow down traffic in Portland; constructive uses of graffiti and street art from Philadelphia and Miami; St. Petersburg's hanging swings; Austin's "Keep Austin Weird" grass roots campaign; viral videos created in cities such as Grand Rapids; and crowd-sourced funding such as Detroit's "Soup," where artists gather for dinner and pass a collection plate to donate proceeds to help fund small start-up projects
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. 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. His book, "For the Love of Cities," was recognized by Planetizen as a Top 10 Book for 2012 in urban planning, design and development.