May 23, 2013

Transforming Woodward Avenue

First, a brief history lesson. Woodward Avenue, a multi-lane road that stretches over 27 miles, making its way through 11 communities, dates back to 1805 when it was originally platted. In 1909, responding to demand for smoother roads by bicyclists…
May 9, 2013

Happy Trails!

My colleague, Liz Shaw and I, decided that at the first faint signs of spring, we would begin our little journey of experiencing many of the great bicycle trails that wind their way through Michigan. (I should note that Liz…
April 17, 2013

Placemaking Leadership Council

Last week, a team of staff members from the Michigan Municipal League was invited to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Placemaking Leadership Council , held in Detroit and hosted by Project for Public Spaces. It was truly inspiring…
March 6, 2013

Crunching the Numbers on Aging in Michigan

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recently held the 2013 Age-Friendly Communities Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here are some eye-opening facts on the aging American populace, with an emphasis on Michigan, which illustrates why it makes good economic…
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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