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Cities Slow Down

by Andrew Price

October 12, 2007


You may have heard of the Slow Food movement. It got started in Italy and promotes local, small-scale and ethical shopping and eating.

Its new spin-off is the Slow Cities movement, and Der Spiegel reports it's growing pretty quickly. In a Slow City cars are banned from the city center, large chain stores are kept out, and people shop and eat local.

The "Cittaslow" designation is spreading across Italy and into Spain, the UK and Germany. We're guessing this is partly because there aren't any strict requirements to be a Slow City right now. But they're working on it (slowly, we imagine).

Check out the Slow Cities charter.
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