Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.
— Jane Jacobs
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Hi! We're the Smiths.

We moved to Rockford, Illinois in 2012 and are proud to call this vibrant, diverse, complicated city home. Every day presents an opportunity to learn more about what creating a better city means and this site is our effort to work through some of those lessons and share ideas about how you can live to make your city a better place, too.