Metropolitan Revolution: The Reality of Main Street
Main streets have been battered in recent decades. Big-box and Internet retail, paired with the globalization of production, have exposed communities to unprecedented competition. Sprawling development and migration have emptied out many small downdowns. Yet far from a myth, some main streets are thriving. These communities leverage the density of older and historic buildings, educational institutions and community and culturual facilities in their town centers to atrract investment and bring renewed vitality to once hollowed-out downtowns. Read more.
Legacy Costs for Pensions, Health Care Threaten State Comeback
The League's Tony Minghine was a panelist at the recent Business Leaders for Michigan Summit on Fiscal Stability. A hot topic was legacy costs for municipal pensions and retiree health care, which currently claim 19% of government revenues in payments that cities, townships and school systems must make for services rendered in the past. More.
Brighton Passes Resolution in Support of saveMIcity Initiative
Brighton is the first city to pass a resolution in "support of fiscal sanity to save Michigan's communities." The city resolves to urge the Michigan legislature and governor to immediately restore the full amount of statutory revenue sharing to Michigan's cities and villages. More.
Retail Evolution Could Benefit City Centers Over Malls
The supposed bricks-and-mortar retail apocalypse is overstated. But the face of the industry and its jobs is changing drastically, in ways that are likely to benefit city centers like Detroit, Royal Oak, and Grosse Pointe at the expense of rural and suburban shopping centers. Read more.
League, MSHDA Use Matchmaking to Make Great Places Happen
Many Michigan communities have undertaken PlacePlans, target market analyses, or the Redevelopment Ready Communities program. To advance this placemaking planning into implementation, the League partnered with MSHDA to help cities develop RFQs for property developers. More.
NEW Revenue Sharing Data: See How Much Your Community Lost
The State has now diverted more than $8.1 billion in revenue sharing from Michigan municipalities since 2002. The League's saveMIcity initiative has been educating people on the broken system and the need for change.See how much your community has lost in our updated Revenue Sharing Database. More.
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