Author Archives: Dan Gilmartin

Patriotic Quotes for City Leaders

As we approach the country’s annual birthday celebration on July 4, I offer you the words of some of America’s greatest leaders. I’m sharing these ones because they are poignant for city builders of all walks of life- elected, appointed, … Continue reading

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The Prosperity Agenda: The Evolution of Placemaking

We kicked off the first Prosperity Agenda radio show at News/Talk 760 WJR in January 2010, and we’ve seen placemaking come a long way since then. We know the importance of creating places where people want to live, work and … Continue reading

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Failing Infrastructure Takes a Toll on Communities

I write on infrastructure. I have highlighted its importance to creating and maintaining great cities. And I have bemoaned the job that the state of Michigan does as the main steward of roads, bridges, transit and airports in my state. … Continue reading

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International Gathering of New Urbanists in Detroit

The Congress for the New Urbanism convenes this week in Detroit for CNU24. Detroit is a perfect place to see the good and the bad, the new and the old, and what works and what doesn’t in city life. The … Continue reading

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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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