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soft cities

SOURCE: Wired 10.02 February 2002, Conde Nast publications http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.02/optout.html?pg=2&topic=&topic_set

Founded in 1999 out of the Slow Food movement.

Started by four cities, Orvieto in Umbria, Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Bra in Piedmont and Greve in Chinati, today there are 30 Slow Cities with 40 more requesting application. Slow Cities propose a design for urban living built around centers for less than 50,000 people, they stress enviromental policies such as creating green spaces, new recycling methods and rebuilding unused, older city areas before developing new ones. They promote the artisan skills of cheese making, ironwork and discourage the use of gentically modifided agriculture and fast food outlets.

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