Author Archives: Dan Gilmartin

The Prosperity Agenda: Time to Fix Michigan’s System of Funding Communities

For several years now the Prosperity Agenda radio show has discussed the importance of creating places where people want to live, work and enjoy. It’s a concept called placemaking or simply put – building communities that you love and never … Continue reading

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The Prosperity Agenda: CNU 24 Congress to Put National Spotlight on Detroit and Michigan

Since the inception of the Prosperity Agenda radio show about five years ago, we’ve been talking about placemaking here in Michigan and the importance of creating communities that you love. Sometimes we can view this work in a vacuum but … Continue reading

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Main Street in small town America and the need to diversify businesses

On my walk this morning to a coffee shop, east on Main left at Center, I came upon a new occupant of a recently empty storefront. On a street jammed with restaurants and retail shops, I was surprised to see … Continue reading

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Placemaking works, new report asserts

“PSC found significant research connecting these assets to economic prosperity, and that, given the uniqueness of every community, these asset areas are most effective when combined (in part or in total) to match specific communities’ needs.” Public Sector Consultants (PSC) … Continue reading

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Placemaking in Small Towns: Niles, Michigan

News feeds are usually chalk full of great placemaking projects in big cities. If you are a follower of the movement to (re)create great places then you have probably stumbled across  oodles of great examples from famous places. If parks … Continue reading

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