Category Archives: Messaging & Technology

August 6, 2014

Michigan Main Street Report Highlights Economic Impact

The Michigan Main Street Center recently published¬†Ten Years of Excellence: The Economic Impacts of Main Street in Michigan. With more than 45 communities participating in the program, benefits have spread across the state. Michigan Main Street participant Boyne City is…
July 23, 2014

NLC Workshop Brings Out the Best in People

As soon as we stepped out of the airport and onto the nearby platform for MAX Rail, my colleague Sarah Craft and I knew we weren't in Detroit anymore. For only $2.50, this clean, quick, quiet light rail system whisked…
May 19, 2014

Driving placemaking with mobile app data

Strava's heat map of bike/walk activity in Midland shows the popularity of that city's recreational trails--but surprisingly little bike/walk access to the major employment center. Fitness tracking app Strava recently began offering its data-millions of walking, jogging, and cycling trips…
February 19, 2013

Global Design Can Inspire Local Solutions

Imagine a natural disaster knocking out your local power and telephone grids. A city in the Republic of Congo has planned ahead for that potential problem, with a system that combines solar-powered street lighting and internet access in a wireless…
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