Author Archives: Dan Gilmartin

People and Cities

“First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works.” -Jan Gehl This quote got me thinking. How many times do we as city advocates hang our hats on a shiny new development as a means to … Continue reading

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Are You Wondering About How to Make Your City Attractive? Here’s How-

Here’s a short video that is worth the time to watch. With “How to Make an Attractive City,” Swiss writer Alain de Botton declares a six-point plan that all cities should follow. The video is a little bit urban design, … Continue reading

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Public Spaces, Community Places is a Big Success

Check out some great crowdfunding opportunities at Public Spaces, Community Places. The program is a partnership of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Patronicity and the Michigan Municipal League. The whole thing is simple- envision a placemaking project in your community, … Continue reading

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Farmers Markets: Highly Visible and Hugely Popular Once Again

Which came first, the city or the farmers market? Like the proverbial chicken and egg, I’m not sure there is a right answer. You really can’t separate the two. The existence of one pretty much requires the other. Here’s what … Continue reading

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