May 18, 2015 – Westland
May 19, 2015 – Comstock Park
Michigan suburbs have faced a variety of challenges in recent years. Local governments, businesses, and residents took a hit during the recession. Changing demographics for a more connected lifestyle from both millennials and empty-nesters have increased the need to think innovatively about suburban redevelopment.
Suburban Summit Recap
- The Business Case for Place – Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League (download pdf)
- Trends and Finance in Suburban Communities – Mark Nickita, AIA, Archive DS (download pdf)
- Retrofitting Suburbia – Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Tech, Co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia (download pdf)Â (order book)
- Debunking the Myth – Jennifer Rigterink, Manager of Redevelopment Ready Communities (MEDC) (download pdf)
- Learning to Play a Different Game in Suburbia (highlights from Ellen Dunham-Jones’ presentation) – Lisa Donovan, Communications Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
- Creating a Purposeful New Life for Old Suburban Sites (highlights from an earlier Ellen Dunham-Jones presentation) – Lisa Donovan, Communications Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
- Translating Timeless Traditions into Modern, Sustainable Suburban Design (highlights from Mark Nickita’s presentation) – Lisa Donovan, Communications Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
- Writing the Next Chapter in the Suburban Story – Richard Murphy, Program Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
- Photos of the Suburban Summits are available on flickr.
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Speaker:Â Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League
The economic model in Michigan is broken, and what is needed is a new way forward. How have the last decadeâ€™s economic factors impacted local finances, and what can new strategies mean for municipal budgets?
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Speaker: Mark Nickita, AIA; President, Archive DS
Among the many challenges that our suburban communities face are the dual impacts of declining revenue and underutilized commercial property. The recent recession deepened the challenge in both of these areas. As our economy improves, it is important for local leaders to understand the interrelations between how you can breathe new life into underperforming commercial buildings and improve your communityâ€™s bottom line.
This session will outline current municipal financial conditions, detail the historic ROI behind suburban commercial development, and offer bold, innovative strategies for making your cityâ€™s commercial properties more competitive and improve your tax base.
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Speaker: Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Tech, Co-Author of Retrofitting Suburbia
If core cities are conventionally understood as old places with new buildings versus suburbs as newer places with simulations of older buildings, how do we make sense of suburban retrofits? How do these projects challenge expectations of responsible designâ€”both in terms of respect for the immediate context and increasing the competiveness of the suburb and the metropolitan areas? How should we evaluate their success?