Author Archives: Dan Gilmartin

Is Your City (or Village) a Strong One?

So, this is brilliant. And simple. Below is the Strong Towns Strength Test . From the blog… “We understand that cities are complex, adaptable systems that defy easy or precise measurement, so we asked ourselves: are there simple observations we … Continue reading

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Small Communities, Big Success Stories

Communities are a lot like people. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are healthy and wealthy; others are struggling just to stay alive. Also—just like people—bigger isn’t always better. Yuri Gagarin, the first person to travel in space, … Continue reading

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Why Is Placemaking Important?

Below is an excerpt from the new book Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities: Why Placemaking? Placemaking, at its core, is a response. It follows in the long tradition of humanist reactions to systems that come to … Continue reading

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Marquette Gathering a Hit With Civic Leaders

The premiere learning event for local and civic leaders in Michigan took place in Marquette this past weekend. The city is a perfect laboratory for such a meeting with the cutting edge efforts going on around downtown revitalization, brownfield development, … Continue reading

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