I asked my facebook friends this.
My philosophy is that the strongest feature of a Strong Town is for people to love it a whole lot, so I wanted to get a better grip on why people love or do not love the place they live.
The comments poured in, and they were so interesting and beautiful that I felt compelled to do something with them.
So I wrote them out by hand.
I wanted to share the evolution so far, from concept sketches to experiments with digitizing. I hope you'll enjoy these tidbits as much as I appreciated everyone's generosity in sharing them with me.
GRACEN JOHNSON is a communications designer living in The Maritimes. While she finished her MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration in 2013, she has never stopped studying the city. Gracen thinks of her day-to-day as participatory action research, diving into the question of how Strong Citizenship can transform a city. She wears many hats trying to crack that nut herself, including as the designer and coordinator of an accelerator for small businesses that build community. She also freelances around the vision of "Projects for Places we Love" and has a video blog called Another Place for Me.
This year, Gracen is sharing field notes on her experiences with Strong Citizenship. In this regular column, you'll get snapshots of life as a friendly neighbour in a quintessential Little City that feels like a Big Town.