How it starts…
Before any of the work begins to attain Cittaslow designation, a number of criteria are considered.
Cittaslow towns contain fewer than 50,000 people, and must meet specific requirements in these areas:
- Environmental protection and sustainability
- Local products
- Infrastructure, road safety, bicycle paths
- Historic buildings
- New technology
- Cultural and historical values and diversity
- Unique town identity
Details of membership are at http://www.cittaslow.org
Sonoma Valley is the first area in the United States to be designated Cittaslow. It serves Sonoma Valley, and also acts as a model for other towns interested in becoming Cittaslow.