City to Slow alias Cittàslow.
Once again, this field comes from Italy. 10 years after Slow Food creation, Cittàslow (name given for Slow City) is the association that promotes deceleration values for cities. It also asserts its will to bring back people in medium-sized cities and countryside.
Cities and towns that want to commit oneself in this way can be labeled Cittàslow. You need to understand that Slow City is a long-term investment.
“Slow Attitude” book’s authors, Sylvain MENETREY and Stephane SZERMAN summarize perfectly well these main goals:
- Encourage the local democracy,
- Improve the citizen’s life quality,
- Promote soft mobility,
- Protect local stores and products,
- Increase of green areas and walking ways…
The Cittàslow’s chart includes more than 70 evaluation points in 7 categories:
- Environment and energy (biodiversity protection, air and water quality, production of renewable energies…)
- Infrastructures (bicycle ways, planning of ecomobility as an alternative to private cars, verified accessibility to medical services…)
- Quality of urban life (creation of social green areas, development of telecommuting, creation of spaces for the commercialization of local products…)
- Agricultural, touristic and artisanal policies (prohibiting the use of GMO in agriculture, development of agro-ecology, use of local products, if possible organic, in communal public restaurants…)
- Policies for hospitality, awareness and training (availability of “slow” itineraries, health education, support for cittaslow campaign, transparency of offers and practiced prices…)
- Social cohesion (youth condition, community association, integration of disable people, multicultural integration…)
- Partnerships (support for campaigns and SlowFood activity, collaboration with SlowFood and other organizations promoting natural and traditional food…)
Why choosing Slow City ?
Nowaday, overpopulation in large agglomerations brings some problems: pollution, environment damages, traffic road saturation, noise… The imposed rhythm by big cities is more and more intense and the race to the speed never stops. On the contrary! Traffic jams, for example, force us to execute our operations by multiplying them simultaneously and still faster to “recover the lost time” on the road. I didn’t add the stress, the delays due to the journey yet…
Medium-sized cities and towns (better if they are labeled Cittàslow) slow down immediately this infernal cadence.
Another factor is the purchasing power. In big cities, demand – at all levels (housing, food…) – is strong. But one of the market rules is this one: “supply and demand”. So, prices will often be higher in metropolis.
By choosing Slow City, you will find a better quality of life, a better purchasing power, all of this by taking time to live.
Make your city evolve to Slow City.
Some ideas to improve the life quality in your cities:
- Talk to your politicians in your town about the Cittàslow labeling benefits.
- As often as you can, limit motorized journeys.
- Support local stores by making your purchases there.
- Develop communal gardens in your city…
Personal thought about Slow City.
Maybe some of you prefer the fast-paced in big cities. This is a way of life that I entirely respect. I agree we can find lots of things to do in metropolis compared to most medium-sized cities (several cinema rooms, museums, cultural places, concerts halls…). I want to emphasize that I don’t boycott metropolis. On the contrary, it’s possible to live in the Slow City’s comfort with advantages due to the big cities proximity.