For the Love of Wayne
Congratulations to the City of Wayne for having people that love it and have created this website as a place for folks to share their affection for the city. I learned about this effort from Wayne resident Sherrie Brindley, who posted me on Facebook about these efforts. Sherrie had heard me speak in Detroit last month and knew I would be interested in this work.
Some might look at this website and the sentiment behind it and dismiss it as a sweet but less important exercise especially in light of “serious” problems that cities face. It is precisely because cities are facing serious problems that we need to rediscover and rekindle our emotional connections to our places.
When we love something or someone, we do extraordinary things for them, we make sacrifices and we fight for them. Our cities need our love and our sacrifices for them in these tough times. Efforts like yours, and others that build the “emotional capital” remind us why we cared about our places to begin with. This can help sustain communities and keep us in the relationship even if the city has to do things like cut library hours, fill a few less potholes or charge a fee for park services.
To sustain and grow that emotional capital we need stories like the ones shared here to remind us about the positive things in our communities. Emotions are contagious and our cities need an epidemic of good will.
Author, For the Love of Cities