Localism in Europe – what can we learn?

Case studies of successful “localism” strategies and tools from Europe, hosted by the Council for European Urbanism. There are many inspiring and instructive examples there, such as the slow food movement in Italy, the terroir movement in France, local currencies in Germany, etc. And many activists are focused on adaptive re-use of historic cores, and adaptive re-use of the “local DNA” of traditional urbanism – how important is that? Does it have anything to do with the fact that Europeans already have a much lower carbon footprint and resource footprint than Americans? If so, what can others learn from this? (And what can European planners and civic boosters also learn, or be reminded of, about the urban resources they already have?)

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