"For the Love of Cities”: An Invitation to Participate in Two Events About Cities and their Future


The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission will sponsor two events in April surrounding the book “For the Love of Cities: the Love Affair between People and their Places” by Peter Kageyama.  On April 16 there will be a book discussion from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. at Carleton College Great Hall, located in Severance Hall.  Philip Spensley of the ACC will facilitate the discussion.   Books can be ordered at Content Bookstore, 314 Division St. in downtown Northfield or requested at the Northfield Public Library.

On April 23, the ACC will be showing a TED talk featuring Kageyama followed by a panel discussion of his ideas.  Moderator will be Suzie Nakasian, City Council Member, First Ward.  Respondents will include Scott Bradley, MnDOT and Director of Context Sensitive Solutions and  Nick Haggenmiller, Northfield City Administrator.   This event will take place from 7:15-9:00 p.m. at the Wetiz Center for Creativity Cinema, Carleton College.

Northfield has recently seen an outpouring of thinking and planning about the future of the city, including discussions of built environment, cultural life, and economic planning.  Bridge Square planning, Roundtable discussions about urban design, including an “arts corridor”, discussions with MnDOT about Highway 3 redesign, activities of the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors and Convention Bureau and City Council deliberations about planning are all shaping the future of the livability of Northfield.  Discussion of Kageyama’s book is an opportunity to think about the values that people share about the kinds of communities they want to live in.

Peter Kageyama is 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. 

Both events are free and open to the public.  Event co-sponsors include the Northfield Arts Guild, Beautify Northfield Coalition and the Northfield Public Library.