Peter Kageyama talked about loving Sandy Springs at a Leadership Sandy Springs event. Photo courtesy LSS

In the first of what will become a series of Leadership Sandy  Springs talks, city development consultant Peter Kageyama told a group of local leaders and officials to spread the love in their city.

“You guys got it going on right now,” he said. “What are you going to do next?”

Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places” and “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places,” was speaking during LSS’s recent “Live, Love, Lead” event at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.

He told the audience to “spread the positivity” about Sandy Springs. “Not nearly enough of us love our places,” he said, urging audience members to become “emotional thought leaders.”

“[Tell everyone] ‘yeah I’m from Sandy Springs. We’re the ones that won Mercedes,” Kageyama said.

He said that while citizens know how to complain about things like potholes, they don’t know how to ask for things like beauty, art and great design. “As you guys start the massive undertaking of City Center, I think ‘where’s the fun’ would be a really good question to ask.”

He added, “People love small things” and giving Sandy Springs citizens a dog park would be a love note.

“I think if you’re going to build a downtown you need to put a dog park in the heart of downtown,” Kageyama said. “You want people to talk to each other? You want people to interact with each other/”

A dog park, he said, would be “small dollars” compared with everything else in the city center but added that city officials should look beyond the cost of things to the value.

Kageyama used the Abernathy Greenway’s playable art as an example. He said it was controversial when first proposed, but now that it’s build people “get it.”

“There are people who want to hold your feet to the fire, especially our elected officials, because you’re spending public dollars,” he said. But, “if you see the world through that lens of it’s just about the cost of things, you will never do anything fun or beautiful or creative.”

“I think we need to be willing to have that conversation with our fellow citizens who want to talk about the cost, cost, cost,” Kageyama told the audience. “Let’s talk about the value of things. The folks who know the cost of everything often understand the value of nothing.”

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.

2 replies on “Speaker: ‘Spread the positivity’ in Sandy Springs”

  1. …know the try value of nothing. Yea, we’re Sandy Springs and we got mercedes…pure “consultant talk..just hope my city taxes didn’t go toward paying for this….

  2. What a lovely and correct message. I used to live in a city with numerous dog parks. Everyone liked watching the dogs play. People, even ones without dogs, would converse about the dogs and whatever else was on there minds. The small parks added a little green space to the urban landscape. Overall the dog parks made people feel good.

    I agree that Sandy Springs needs more places and ways for people to play. There isn’t much of a night life here, yet.

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