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Friendly Cities Lab

FCL Overview

The Friendly Cities Lab is an active research group within the Department of Geography at Penn State, affiliated with the GeoVISTA Center. At FCL, we're dedicated to understanding how interpersonal relationships are related to urban connectivity, specifically how people travel, communicate and form connections within and betweeen cities. We were founded in 2015.

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Friendly Cities Lab studies location's role in romantic relationships

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck had their holiday in Rome. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks had their meeting at the top of the Empire State Building in New York. And of course, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will always have Paris.

Cities have long played an important role in romantic relationships, both on and off screen. Couples met in coffee shops, had picnics in the park and went on dates at the bowling alley. But a Penn State research team says that’s begun to change with the rise of online dating and weekend-long Netflix binges.

Clio Andris wins Knight Foundation Fellowship

Clio Andris has been named an Emerging City Champions for her Friendly Cities Lab proposal to safely and creatively dress up city municipal buses in State College, PA. The Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities awarded fellowships to 20 civic innovators in 2016. The participants receive $5,000 to implement one project in one year to improve mobility, public spaces or civic engagement in their home cities.

GeoVISTA Videos

Featured Project: SensePlace3, election edition

SensePlace3 user interface

SensePlace3 allows you to search and map Tweets from and about specific places in the 2016 election cycle. Try it!