In 2014, the League worked with government officials, community stakeholders and residents in a variety of Michigan cities to develop PlacePlans that would enhance their sense of place. Read about what we did in Holland, Kalamazoo, Midland and southwest Detroit to get some ideas on the type of placemaking projects that could be created in your own community.

2014 PlacePlans


The Heritage Plaza concept for a lakeside block of downtown Cadillac envisions the site as a year-round destination and hub of downtown. The site could host seasonal events and provide an attractive connection between businesses and Lake Cadillac.

Detroit - Vernor Livernois ProjectDetroit

The Vernor Crossing site in Southwest Detroit would benefit from an attractive re-use of the property and better connections between the adjacent neighborhoods and business districts. The plan proposes a shared market space and a flexible public plaza.

Flint - The Grand Traverse GreenwayFlint

The Grand Traverse Greenway is a 3-mile long former CSX railroad line with the potential to be an inviting bike/walk trail. The design concept would provide a sense of connection between places along the trail and support recreational and safety needs.


The Western Gateway area around Holland’s farmers market and civic center building has the potential to extend downtown, link it to the waterfront, and promote the area’s food industry. The plan outlines a strategy for creating a “food innovation district.”


The community sought to improve a four-block downtown alleyway between the farmers market and the transit center.  Designs call for an attractive pedestrian connection that will support business along the route, as well as build on recent streetscape efforts.


An improved transportation network around KVCC’s new healthy living campus could balance the needs of biking, walking, transit and traffic options. The plan recommends a three-lane Portage Street and multiple transportation options for resident and visitors.


Baraga Avenue inhibits pedestrian activity due to an uninviting streetscape and breaks in the city’s urban fabric. Plans call for creating better connections to neighborhoods and businesses by improving parks and parking, and encouraging new development.


Midland’s farmers market has seen an explosion of both vendors and customers, prompting thoughts of creating a larger, more robust market. The report recommends a community conversation about the farmers market’s role and expansion options.

PlacePlans Media Coverage