Dan Gilmartin and Melanie Piana Bring Michigan Placemaking Story to China
Posted on December 12, 2018 by
Dan Gilmartin talks about placemaking in Michigan earlier today in China!
Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League, and League Board President Melanie Piana are wrapping up their placemaking journey in China this week.
Gilmartin and Piana, Ferndale city councilmember, are attending Placemaking Week in Wuhan, China to represent Michigan’s placemaking programs at the United Nation’s Habitat Conference on Placemaking. Gilmartin and Piana are attending the Wuhan conference as invited guests of UN Habitat. They even heard from an author who wrote a book about the Flint Water Crisis, called “A Poisoned City.”
Today, Gilmartin presented Michigan’s accomplishments in the field to a group of local leaders from China and several other countries. (Australia, New Zealand and Japan among them). Piana joined Gilmartin in her role as League president, Ferndale councilmember, and Jefferson East executive.
Piana stands in front of a Placemaking Week 2018 billboard in Wuhan, China.
It’s a big deal that our state organization and its members continue to be recognized as examples for others to follow, in the U.S. and globally.
Here are some of the highlights and photos from the trip as posted on Twitter and Instagram by Gilmartin and Piana:
@DPGilmartin starting the day presenting on Placemaking in Michigan, showcasing innovating strategies for connecting people, places and careers @MMLeague “Place” attracts people. #detroit #placemakingweek @PPS_Placemaking @UNHABITAT
They explored this historic district in Wuhan, a cobblestone neighborhood and shopping area that used to be abandoned.
“Belonging, inclusion and well-being. Mainstreet is the backbone of community life. Streets are the anchor for everyday life.” @jen_keesmaat discussing how to retrofit towers and parks into an urban neighborhood. #toronto #placemakingweek @UNHABITAT @PPS_Placemaking
The world is going forward, the US is getting further behind. It’s clear our country is stymied by austerity. World cities are working toward cleaner air and water, and the ours wants to dismantle/ignore our policies
Struck again at emphasis many countries put on building city spaces “for women, children, older persons and those with disabilities.” In U.S. we often devalue these steps, replace them w/ economic analysis. #PlacemakingWeek