Cittaslow

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Cittaslow International
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Cittaslow logo
Motto International Network of Cities of the good life.
Formation 15 October 1999 (15 years ago) (1999-10-15)
Headquarters Orvieto, Italy
Region served Worldwide
Membership 168 (January 2013)
President Paolo Saturnini
International Director Gian Luca Marconi, Pier Giorgio Oliveti
Affiliations Slow Food
Website www.cittaslow.org

Cittaslow is a movement founded in Italy and inspired by the Slow Food organization. Cittaslow's goals include improving the quality of life in towns by slowing down its overall pace, especially in a city's use of spaces and the flow of life and traffic through them.[1] Cittaslow is part of a cultural trend known as the Slow movement.

History[edit]

Cittaslow was founded in Italy in October 1999, following a meeting organised by the mayor of Greve in Chianti, Tuscany.[2] A 54-point charter was developed, encouraging high quality local food and drink, general conviviality and the opposition to cultural standardisation.[2] In 2001, 28 Italian towns were signed up to the pledge, certified by trained operatives of Cittaslow.[3] It expanded broadly beyond Italy and, by 2006, national Cittaslow networks existed in Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. By mid-2009, fourteen countries had at least one officially accredited Cittaslow community. In July 2009, the small seaside village of Cowichan Bay in Canada became the North American continent's first Cittaslow town.

Membership[edit]

There are three categories of membership: Cittaslow town (population less than 50,000); Cittaslow Supporter (population more than 50,000);[4] and Cittaslow Friend (individual or family) [5]

Like Slow Food, Cittaslow is a membership organisation. Full membership of Cittaslow is only open to towns with a population under 50,000. To become eligible for membership, a town must normally score at least 50 percent in a self-assessment process against the set of Cittaslow goals, and then apply for admission to the appropriate Cittaslow national network. An annual membership fee is payable by towns.

The first town in England to become a Cittaslow city was Ludlow; the first in Wales was Mold.[6] There are currently five towns in the UK that are members, with a sixth (Llangollen) on the way.[7]

Slow cities have been introduced[when?] not only in South Korea but in the whole of Asia.[8]

Pijao, a small town in Colombia, is to become the first Cittaslow city not only in that country but in all of Latin America as well.[9]

Members[edit]

Country Slow Cities Number
Australia Goolwa, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Yea 4
Austria Enns, Hartberg, Horn 3
Belgium Chaudfontaine, Enghien, Evere, Lens, Silly 5
Canada Cowichan Bay, Naramata 2
China Gaochun Yaxi 1
Denmark Mariagerfjord, Svendborg 2
Finland Kristinestad 1
France Blanquefort, Créon, Grigny, Labastide D’Armagnac, Mirande, Saint Antonin Noble Val, Segonzac, Valmondois 8
Germany Bad Schussenried, Bischofsheim, Blieskastel, Deidesheim, Hersbruck, Lüdinghausen, Nördlingen, Penzlin, Überlingen, Waldkirch, Wirsberg 11
United Kingdom Aylsham, Berwick upon Tweed, Diss, Mold, Perth 5[7]
Hungary Hódmezővásárhely 1
Iceland Djupavogshreppur 1
Ireland Clonakilty 1
Italy Abbiategrasso, Acqualagna, Acquapendente, Altomonte, Amalfi, Amelia, Anghiari, Barga, Bazzano, Borgo Val di Taro, Bra, Brisighella, Bucine, Caiazzo, Capalbio, Casalbeltrame, Castel Campagnano, Castel San Pietro Terme, Castelnovo ne’ Monti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castiglione in Teverina, Castiglione Olona, Cerreto Sannita, Chiavenna, Chiaverano, Cisternino, Città della Pieve, Città Sant'Angelo, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Cutigliano, Fontanellato, Francavilla al Mare, Galeata, Giuliano Teatino, Greve in Chianti, Grumes, Guardiagrele, Levanto, Marradi, Massa Marittima, Monte Castello di Vibio, Montefalco, Novellara, Orsara di Puglia, Orvieto, Pellegrino Parmense, Penne, Pianella, Pollica, Positano, Pratovecchio, Preci, Ribera, San Daniele del Friuli, San Gemini, San Miniato, San Potito Sannitico, San Vincenzo, Santa Sofia, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Scandiano, Stia, Suvereto, Teglio, Termoli, Tirano, Todi, Tolfa, Torgiano, Trani, Trevi, Zibello 72
Japan Kesennuma 1
Netherlands Alphen Chaam, Borger-Odoorn, Heerde, Midden-Delfland, Vaals 5
New Zealand Matakana (Rodney District) 1
Northern Cyprus Yeniboğaziçi 1
Norway Eidskog, Levanger, Sokndal 3
Poland Barczewo, Biskupiec, Bisztynek, Dobre Miasto, Goldap, Lidzbark Warminski, Lubawa, Murowana Goślina, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Olsztynek, Reszel, Ryn, Supporter Warmia Masuria Region 13
Portugal Lagos, Sao Bras de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Viana do Castello, Vizela 6
South Africa Sedgefield 1
South Korea Cheongsong County, Damyang, Hadong, Jecheon City, Jeonju Hanok Village, Namyangju City, Sangju City, Sinan, Wando, Yeongwol County, Yesan 11
Spain Begur, Bigastro, Lekeitio, Mungia, Pals, Rubielos de Mora 6
Sweden Falköping 1
Switzerland Mendrisio 1
Turkey Akyaka, Gökçeada, Halfeti, Perşembe, Seferihisar, Tarakli, Vize, Yalvaç, Yenipazar 9
United States Fairfax, Sebastopol, Sonoma 3

The goals and aims[edit]

There are 50 goals and principles that each Cittaslow town commits to work to achieve. They serve as benchmarks to improve the quality of life in each city.

The main aims of the movement are[citation needed]:

  • making life better for everyone living in an urban environment
  • improving the quality of life in the cities
  • resisting the homogenization and globalization of towns around the globe
  • protecting the environment
  • promoting cultural diversity and uniqueness of individual cities
  • provide inspiration for a healthier lifestyle

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkins, Wendy; Craig, Geoffrey (2006). Slow Living. Berg. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-84520-160-9. 
  2. ^ a b Knox, Paul; Meyer, Heike (2009). Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation. Birkhauser. p. 43. ISBN 978-3-7643-8579-8. 
  3. ^ Knox, Paul; Meyer, Heike (2009). Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation. Birkhauser. p. 44. ISBN 978-3-7643-8579-8. 
  4. ^ http://www.cittaslow.org.uk/supporters/
  5. ^ http://www.cittaslow.org.uk/about-us/join-us/
  6. ^ Robinson, Peter; Heitmann, Sine; Dieke, Peter U.C. (2011). Research Themes for Tourism. CABI. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-84593-684-6. 
  7. ^ a b Cittaslow UK Towns
  8. ^ http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_read.jsp?news_id=N1000348056 Slow cities for the first time as Asian nations. (아시아 최초로 '국제 슬로시티' 지정) 2007-12-10
  9. ^ http://www.eltiempo.com/vida-de-hoy/viajar/ARTICULO-WEB-NEW_NOTA_INTERIOR-13198815.html

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