The Economics of Place:
The Value of Building Communities Around People

The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People is a timely and important read as we focus on
what it will take to restore Michigan to a prosperous state once again.  We continue to lose our college graduates at an alarming rate because we don’t offer the kinds of places where they want to live.  Almost half of them leave the state and two-thirds of those who do leave, choose where to live first and then find a job.

It’s time to say enough and focus on what really matters:
creating dynamic, walkable, sustainable communities and
regions where people want to live.  It’s time to start talking about the importance of “place” as the economic development strategy that will create a positive, dynamic future for Michigan.

You will hear from urbanists, researcher, practitioners and entrepreneurs as they share their stories, research and own unique perspectives on the importance of “place” and its vital role as an economic growth strategy.  You will not only read about specific Michigan challenges and its potential, but you will also hear about lessons learned in other places around the country as well.

Economics Of Place Front Cover

Some of the highlights include:

  • The importance of our young people and what it will take to keep them here
  • How the changing demographics are driving a different path to economic viability
  • What economics of place means in the New economy vs. the Old Economy
  • To design around people changes the way we look at a community
  • Citizen engagement is a key component in building sustainable, vibrant communities
  • How “social entrepreneurs” are driving change in Detroit
  • Economic gardening is looking at job creation in a different way
  • Placemaking management requires a different level of governance
  • How cultivating the cultural assets of a community spurs economic growth
  • How federal policy has impacted Michigan

The book features a foreword by Peter Kageyama, an introduction by Daniel Gilmartin and articles by Dr. Soji Adelaja and Mark Wycoff, Dr. William Anderson, Dan Burden, Carol Coletta, Phil Cooley, Rob Fowler and Mark Clevey, Christopher Leinberger, John Norquist, and Dr. Joe VanderMeulen.

Economics of Place is available for purchase on

Media Coverage

Congress for the New Urbanism Praises Book – CNU, 11/30/11

Planetzen’s Top 10 Books of 2012 – Planetizen, 11/21/11

Forget Taxes and Regulations, Michigan Must Build It so They’ll Come – Detroit Free Press, 11/20/11

Economics of Place Subject of WJR Prosperity Agenda – MML, 10/26/11

5 Responses to The Economics of Place:
The Value of Building Communities Around People

  1. Your style is very unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll
    just bookmark this page.

  2. Eric,

    “Shame” is a bit harsh, but your point is well taken. We have been working to place the book in downtown bookstores throughout Michigan since its publish date. Hopefully we will have something to announce along those lines shortly. Thanks for reading.

  3. eric says:

    ironic (in a bad way) that you direct people to amazon for a book about community. shame on you.

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