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Ideas for Cities: STAYcation

STAYcation Cities could organize and provide enough replenishment that citizens stay put. That would include play of all kinds,...


STAYcation
Cities could organize and provide enough replenishment that citizens stay put. That would include play of all kinds, both alone and collectively; spiritual discovery, meditation, experience, and guidance anytime, anywhere; emotional support such that everyone has someone to lean on and to laugh with; sanctuary space to provide peace, in the sense of a place that feels fresh, free, and uncomplicated; moments to appreciate time to oneself, comforted by the community around us, even when we need to retreat within and simply not interact and engage; nature and ample green spaces to satisfy all the senses—enjoy the sounds, smells, tastes, touch and sight of wild things over the man-made concrete jungle; adventure and exploration to discover the unexpected, challenge oneself, take-risks without fear, learn, and grow (become a top chef for a day, climb a tree, spelunk the subways); hobbies that our citizens enjoy such as art and culture, educational lessons, volunteerism, and pop-up wellness opportunities including nutritionists, life coaches, spas, sitting massages on the subways and buses. These services would be equally accessible to people of all socio-economic backgrounds.

This is part 43 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the CEOs for Cities Velocity conference in September, 2009. We’ll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we’re counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas—we’ll publish the best ones. Tomorrow's idea: Show City.