Category Archives: Physical Design & Walkability

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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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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