Ever notice a bright colored house? Ever noticed thousands?
There are obvious contenders for the throne of most colorful city. San Francisco's Lower Haight district or Miami's South Beach come to mind. Even better: Brazil's painted Favela's in Rio, Chile's Valparaiso, or Newfoundland's St. Johns in Canada.
But I know of no city that has intentionally attempted to transform blight, crime and the energy of a place through color. Until now.
In this TED.com talk Edi Rama, former mayor of Albania's capital, Tirana, describes how his city began their city transformation with paint. Check out the simplicity and impact.
This is an inspirational city and an inspirational mayor.