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World Cities Day Promotes Interest in Global Urbanization

In 2013, the UN established Oct. 31, 2014 as the first annual World Cities Day with the general theme of Better City, Better Life. The day is designed to promote the international community's interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeing opportunities and challenges in urbanization, and contribute to sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the world. The 2014 event is being hosted by Shaghai Municipality in the People's Republic of China with the theme of Leading Urban Transformations. Read more.

Finding the Future of Places in Buenos Aires, Argentina

At a recent conference on the Future of Places in Buenos Aires, the focus was on streets as public spaces and how they can drive urban prosperity. Planners, architects, and more from 50 nations discussed public space and placemaking from their own unique perspectives. All agreed that placemaking is really all about how we live. It's the human experience that matters. Read more.

Remember to Exercise Your Right to Vote on November 4

Your vote is your voice. It's your opportunity to be heard and have a say in important issues that affect your community. There are a variety of resouces available to help you learn about the candidates and issues, such as the Michigan Department of State, League of Women Voters and MLive. Let your voice be heard on Nov. 4.

Baroda Area Featured in League's New Placemaking Book

Baroda was the site for a big celebration on Oct. 23. League CEO Dan Gilmartin commended Baroda for its revitalization efforts that earned it a chapter in the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities". Read more.

Civic Engagement Offers Communities a Multitude of Benefits

Civic engagement is becoming a topic of conversation at all levels of government. It's good for the community, aids governmental capacity, and leads to better decision-making and policy implementation. Learn best practices in the League's Civic Engagement Guidebook. Read more.

Pop-up Placemaking Sparks Creativity and Engagement

Berkley took advantage of their annual Art Bash to plan an event showing show residents possible uses for an outdated downtown intersection. Along with the art fair, people enjoyed outdoor seating, sculptures, games and yoga, and offered feedback and more ideas. Read more..

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