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Posting XV nuCenters
The nuCenters came into being not through a master plan that the nuCouncil dreamed up but from a grass roots movement that began in to late 1990šs called "Slow Cities". Here are some references in the historical record to the "slow" movement.
Google.com (an important search tool circ 2002)
Urbino, Italy is one of the cities participating in the "Slow City" project, which plans to emphasize the rich, cultural, culinary and artistic local traditions of each community.
ABC.com: R O M E, July 25, 2001 - Some people just canšt stand life in the fast lane. . . The project was born from the idea of the "Slow Food" movement started in Italy in the 1980s - which promotes leisurely eating and the growing of local, wholesome products to counter the American fast-food onslaught. . . Not a Luddite Effort: The mayors in these cities, however, are not opposed to progress, they say they simply intend to preserve the traditional way of life. They want to keep in step with modern technology, like computer networks and optic fibers. These will be used to make these cities easier and even more idyllic to live in. "We are not against the modern world or are revolutionaries in any way, we just want to protect what is good in our lives and keep our unique town character" adds Saturnini.
CNN.com: Farewell, fast lane: Italy inaugurates 'Slow Cities' -July 20, 2000 Web posted at: 11:54 AM EDT (1554 GMT) - ROME (AP) - Nearly three dozen Italian cities and towns banded together Thursday to form a new league of "Slow Cities," joining a burgeoning international movement to promote home-style food, local crafts and all-around good living. . . With 33 member towns -- all Italian but for Brtonigla in Croatia the "Slow Cities" network aims to expand internationally while remaining exclusive, network president Paolo Saturnini said. "Good living is not only Italian -- but it is very Italian," said Saturnini, the mayor of Greve in Chianti, a Tuscan town famous for its Chianti wines. To be eligible for membership, cities and towns must introduce measures on everything from the banning of car alarms to the promotion of organic agriculture, including the creation of centers where visitors can sample local traditional food in a setting in harmony with nature. . . "Slowness does not represent something that is anti-modern, but rather an Italy that is on the move and that wants to use modern technologies like the Internet topreserve a better quality of life," Saturnini said.
Slow Cities: Neo-Humanism of the 21st Century and "The Third Way" (New PerspectivesQuarterly) (Blueprint for a Third Way)
Slow Cities: Neo-Humanism of the 21st Century In July, 10 Italian cities announced, in conjunction with the Italian Ministry of Culture, the formation a "League of Slow Cities." Paolo Saturnini, the mayor of Greve in Chianti, was name coordinator of the network, which is closely related to the local chapters, or "convivia," of the Slow Food movement.
PAOLO SOLERI: Well, this depends very much on what the ceiling of affluence is of this new middle class. From the standpoint of resources, to replicate the standard of living of the American middle class with its sprawling suburbia is not feasible, no matter how desirable. We would need something on the order of 1- more planets to sustain such a lifestyle globally.
Other historical links:
Italy - Slow Cities (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 10/10/00) Reporter: Chris Clark
Slow Food, Slow Cities Cities where the living is easy (New South Wales)
Slow City Kyoto by Marc P. Keane
Slower progress, Chris Arnot, Wednesday January 2, 2002 (SocietyGuardian.co.uk)
Slow Cities League
Other links of interest
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