Cittaslow: What is the meaning of 'Slow Cities' on Europe?

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Cittaslow is a growing international network of over 140 towns in 20 countries across the world that have adopted a set of common goals and principles to enhance their quality of life for residents and visitors.

In simple terms, Cittaslow towns aim to be great places to live, work and visit. They aim to support local businesses, foster local traditions, protect the environment, welcome visitors, and encourage active participation in community life.

Each Cittaslow town commits to working towards a set of over 50 goals and principles that aim to improve its quality of life. These goals and principles provide tangible benchmarks against which a town can measure its progress and act as a mechanism to bring local people from all walks of life together to work collectively for the good of their town.

However, Cittaslow is about more than a set of 50 goals and principles. It is a way of thinking. It is about caring for your town and the people who live and work in it or visit it. It is about celebrating and promoting diversity and avoiding the ‘sameness’ that afflicts too many towns in the modern world. It is about finding a place in a changing world where values are often uncertain and the needs and aspirations of local communities can often be overlooked.

There are currently nine Cittaslow towns in the UK, making the UK network one of the largest in the world. Our aim is to recruit further members in all geographical areas of the UK in order to create a truly national network that acts as an effective voice for smaller towns and provides tangible benefits for all member towns.

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