Author Archives: Dan Gilmartin

Take a walk in a city. What do you see?

The Guardian is publishing a series on people walking in cities. What do they see? How do they feel? Does the experience open the mind? Their first installment was Six of the best city walks from readers around the world … Continue reading

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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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