IN FIRST-EVER STICKY CITY ROUND-UPS, GREAT LAKES CITIES MEGA-REGIONAL NETWORK MEETS SIMULTANEOUSLY TODAY, THURSDAY IN THIRTEEN CITIES FROM
Tonight and Thursday, GLUE will convene the first of monthly mega-regional meetings, or "Sticky City Round-Ups," to build shared identity and relationships across the Great Lakes Region. The Round-Ups, open to the public and occurring in at least six locations on each night, will ask attendees to discuss their city within the context of the mega-region, and to swap targeted, scribed brainstorms with a partner city in another state.
"The response to this concept has been encouraging, and it's exciting to have reached the 'exchange' part of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange," Detroit-based Co-Founder Sarah Szurpicki said. "We believe that opening this exchange up to the public is the best way to really find out what's happening in these cities, and what they share."
This week's meeting, What's Your Laundry List?, will elicit from participants the city-focused 'big problems' and 'wild ideas' that may be shared by similarly challenged GLUE cities. The stories, challenges, and ideas that emerge from this first meeting will determine the topics for GLUE's activities moving forward. Feedback and, where possible, footage will be made available on www.gluespace.org. Future Round-Ups will each focus on a particular issue, and will continue to take place on the second Tuesday or Thursday of each month.
THIS WEEK'S STICKY CITIES MEETINGS
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GLUE, a coalition comprised of post-boomer urbanists located in the "rustbelt," was founded to promote the power, aide in the positive transformation, and address the shared challenges of similarly-storied older industrial cities situated in the
Urbanism: Cities are our world's economic drivers. Decision makers cannot afford to underestimate their value nor overlook their needs.
Storytelling: White papers alone cannot propel an agenda, particularly for the emerging generation of leadership. No need is expressed more powerfully than via human narrative.
Building Networks: Connecting people and institutions who share challenges and objectives will foster regional collaboration and transfer examples of success throughout the basin.
GLUE was developed in the fall of 2007 as a forum for people to exchange stories, ideas, and best practices between otherwise isolated cities from