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Outdoor Art Gallery Sparks Creative Expression and Community Pride

Colorful street art comes to life every weekend in The Alley Project in Southwest Detroit. In the project's garage studio and alley gallery, professional artists, teens and neighbors have promoted their community's diverse culture and created an inviting artistic and social hub. Neighborhood pride is on the rise as artists, youth, homeowners and service providers work together to improve their corner of the world. TAP has been a strong voice on promoting street art as a way to empower youth. Their placemaking efforts even caught international attention, leading to a showcase of student art work on a European visit. Read more.

New CRC Study Shows Michigan's System of Funding Local Governments is Broken

The League released a media statement April 15 about a new report from the Citizens Research Council showing that state tax revenues increased by $1.2 billion from 2009 to 2012, while local tax revenues declined by $1.1 billion in the same time period. This is further proof that the state has balanced its budget at the expense of local communities. Read more.

League Crowdfunding Portal Offers One-Stop Shopping for all Michiganders to Invest Locally

The League will soon launch CrowdfundingMI, a portal designed to offer training on crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and investors as well as local investment opportunities available through partners Fundrise and Localstake. More.

League Webinar on Ending Property Abandonment in Michigan

Legacy cities struggle with the issue of abandoned properties. Detroit's Mayor Duggan is imposing stiff penalties on negligent property owners. In a webinar on May 12, the League will present an alternative solution - a private insurance fund to support the dismantling, removal and restoration of abandoned properties. Register here.

Community Turns Old Railway into New, Creative Pathway

Enjoy.spring by grabbing a bike and heading to Detroit's Dequindre Cut Greenway. This artistic path, which links the Riverfront and Eastern Market, is one clever example of how communities can come together to create a sense of place.

A Foolish Celebration Brings Art to the Streets

Majestic puppets.created by art students and community members marched along Ann Arbor's Main Street for the 8th annual Festifools. This colorful parade is a unique use of Cultural Economic Development. Read more.

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