Placemaking

Category Archives: Physical Design & Walkability

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…
July 21, 2014

National League of Cities Conference in Portland

Last week the National League of Cities hosted their 2014 State League Staff Workshop in Portland, OR. Here, staff from state leagues around the country gathered to network, learn, and discuss emerging issues in the field. Presenting at the NLC…
July 14, 2014

Placemaking in Southwest Detroit

Last week, the League's Southwest Detroit PlacePlan project took an important step with a three-day charrette, a community-based design workshop. Southwest Detroit is known for great food, a lively atmosphere, and local art. Known as Mexicantown, Hispanic culture is evident…
June 26, 2014

Making Place in Downtown Berkley

Berkley Art Bash attendees take a break on patio furniture rented by the placemaking committee. Kids share their ideas of what they'd like to see in the space. As part of the League's placemaking work, we recently partnered with the…
June 13, 2014

Congress for New Urbanism

Last week I attended Congress for New Urbanism's conference in Buffalo, NY and had a wonderful time learning about ideas, projects, and research on new urbanism and placemaking. Here are a few highlights from my favorite presentations: Jeff Speck: New…
May 23, 2014

Farmington’s Downtown Redevelopment

Although the effects of place projects may be less visible in large cities, projects in small-to-mid-sized cities, like Farmington, can initiate huge impacts on the economy, resident well-being, and connection to the community. For detailed information on Farmington's downtown redevelopments,…
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…
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