Writing a love letter to your place is arguably easier than writing one to the object of your affection. Your city won't reject you. It won't analyze your letter for unintended insults.
Yet for most of us, complaining about where we live—its weather, its unreliable transit system, its crappy schools—becomes as unconscious and automatic as breathing.
How to write a love letter to your city
1. Gather your supplies: paper, crayons, markers, pencils, stickers, glitter, glue, scissors. Make it as simple or elaborate as you want.
2. Think about the things in your city that make you love it. Consider the places you eat, shop, walk, bike, the events you love, the rituals you rely on, the things you would miss if you moved away. Be specific.
3. Write your love letter by hand. Start it "Dear [name of your city].” Sign it if you want, or leave it anonymous. Your choice.
5. Put your letter in an envelope. (Zier-Vogel just writes "Love" on the outside, but you could do something like "Open me.") Then hide it somewhere intentional, by, say, weaving it between a bike's spokes or leaving it under the windshield as a much-preferred alternative to a parking ticket. Make the finder feel like you left it just for them.