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May 17, 2012

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

46 Projects from 28 Michigan Cities Vie for Funding in It's About Place, The Let’s Save Michigan Placemaking Contest

Online voting:

Media coverage of contest and projects

Wyandotte Downtown Pocket Park is Finalist - 6/24/12
Hartland Wins $500 in Competition - 6/19/12
Wyandotte Pocket Park Reaches Finals - 6/7/12
Downtown Alley Project Makes the Grade - Saline Patch, 6/7/12
Hartland Project Makes Top Ten - Hartland Patch, 6/7/12
Flint Riverbank Park Revivial Project Makes Finals
- Mlive, 6/8/12
New Contest Promotes Michigan - CBS Detroit, 5/31/12
MC Historical Society Looking to Turn Cement to Art - The Voice, 5/29/12
Ypsilanti City Farm Encourages Urban Farming
- Ypsilanti Courier, 5/25/12
Local Spots Involved in Let's Save Michigan Project - Fox 47, 5/23/12 (video)
MC Historical Society Looking to Turn Cement into Art - Voice, 5/23/12
City Vies for Project Funding - Daily Press, 5/23/12
Ferndale Pedestrian Alley Entered in Contest- Ferndale Patch, 5/22/12
Lake Odessa, Portland Take Part in Michigan Contest - Sentinel-Standard, 5/21/12
Ferndale and HP Among 46 Projects from 28 Cities - Ferndale 115 News, 5/22/12
Portland Seeks Votes for Funding Contest - Lansing State Journal, 5/21/12
Flint Riverbank Park, New Life Community Garden - Flint Journal, 5/18/12
Let's Save Michigan 'It's About Place' Contest Inspires - Huffington Post, 5/18/12
Vote for Grands Rapids-Area Places Could 'Save Michigan' - Mlive, 5/18/12
Kalamazoo Community Resource Shed Needs Votes - Mlive, 5/17/12
Milford Garden Competing in Online Contest - Observer & Eccentric, 5/17/12
Vote for Project Finalists in Let's Save Michigan Contest - Model D, 5/15/12

Complete list of projects by community

Ann Arbor – Corsets, Grains and Greenways: Dancing Downtown Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor – Pedal Powered Film Festival
Bay City – Greening Birney Park
Bellaire – Historical Walk
Charlevoix – Electric Vehicle Charging Pedestal
Detroit – Art Gallery at the Lincoln Street Art Park
Detroit – Brightmoor Alliance
Detroit – Brightening Brightmoor Historical House/Landscape
Detroit – Canfield Social Yard
Detroit – Detroit Heirloom Conservatory
Detroit – Downtown Detroit Chair-Bombing
Detroit – Innovation Square
Detroit – North Rosedale Park Tree Nursery and Outdoor Classroom
Detroit – Our Garden Place
Detroit – Southwest Detroit Sculpture Park
Detroit – The 2017 Community Project
Detroit – West Village Manor
Detroit – Woodward Garden Project
Eaton Rapids – Eaton Rapids Accessible Dock & Launch
Ferndale – South 9 Pedestrian Alley Improvement
Flint – New Life Community Garden
Flint – Riverbank Park Revival Project
Grand Haven – Mural Mania
Grand Rapids – Intermodal at Morrison’s Addition
Hartland – Old Hartland High School
Hamtramck – City Wheat
Hamtramck – Hamtown Farms
Hazel Park – Community Art Garden
Hazel Park – Hazel Park Library Friends Plaza
Highland Park – Highland Park Farmers Market
Kalamazoo – Community Garden Resource Shed
Lake Odessa – Stone Building Renovation
Lansing – Lansing Westside Pocket Park Gateway
Lansing – REO Town Festival Site
Manistique – Walk Manistique Project
Marine City – Trash to Treasure
Milford – Growing Greens Community Garden
Muskegon – Fat Garden Project
Okemos – Downtown Okemos Sculpture Park
Port Sanilac – Port Sanilac Visitor Center
Portland – One Hand at a Time
Saline – Alley Project
Sault Ste. Marie – Veteran’s Memorial Park
Warren – Essex Pocket Park
Wyandotte – Downtown Pocket Park
Ypsilanti - CityFARM

You can also browse the 46 entries from 28 different communities at For more information on the rules, judges, and criteria, visit: contest.

**Let’s Save Michigan is a citizen engagement and advocacy effort that promotes smart policies to build a restored
Michigan—a state with good jobs, vibrant cities, accessible transportation, and first-rate cultural centers.


Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.




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