Two Events about Cities, Planning, and Northfield

 Where and When:

  • On April 16, Thursday, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission is sponsoring a discussion of the book For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair between People and their Places, by Peter Kageyama. The April 16 event will take place from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. around the fireplace in the Great Hall at Carleton College. (You can order the book at Content Bookstore, downtown.)
  • On April 23, Thursday, ACC will sponsor a viewing of the TED Talk featuring Kageyama, followed by a panel discussion of his ideas. The moderator will be Suzie Nakasian, Council Member, First Ward; respondents will include Scott Bradley, MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship, Director of Context Sensitive Solutions; and Nick Haggenmiller, City Manager of Northfield. The event will take place from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema.

Who’s Involved:

  • The main sponsor of the events is the Arts and Culture Commission, which works with the Council to advance the arts as a vital part of city identity. Event co-sponsors include the Northfield Library, the Northfield Arts Guild, and the Beautify Northfield Coalition, but there are many organizations involved in planning.


  • Recently Northfield has 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 work on models of urban design, including an “arts corridor”; and deliberations by the City Council about Rte. 3 re-design options . . . all of these discussions are shaping the future and livability of the city. Discussion of Kageyama’s book is an opportunity for people to think about what they love about their city and want to develop for the future.

Who’s Kageyama?

  • Kageyama, former president of Creative Tampa Bay, is the 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. In his book, he explores how city leaders and citizens have identified and developed their emotional connections with their cities, opening up new possibilities for community, social, and economic development.