The Prosperity Agenda: New League Book Tells Placemaking Success Stories

prosperity-agenda-thumbWe’re so excited about the League’s new book coming out that we’ve dedicated our next two radio shows all about it.  On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we talk about just some of the projects included in a new book, “The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities”. The book will soon be available at placemaking.mml.org and explores great placemaking examples taking place throughout the state. My co-host is John Notarianni, Director of Media Strategies for the Michigan-based Issue Media Group, and our guests are Gary Heidel, the Chief Placemaking Officer for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); Mona Lang, Executive Director of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority; and Tom Woiwode, Executive Director of the GreenWays Initiative for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR since 2010. The show airs 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen anytime at the League’s website or by subscribing to the FREE iTunes podcast. Learn more about the placemaking concept here as well as on this blog.

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Eye Candy for City-o-philes, Architects and Fans of Old Buildings

The Grand Lobbies of Detroit via Imgur. To view all the pictures in the series click here.

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The Prosperity Agenda: The Economic Development Role that Arts and Culture Play in a Community

prosperity-agenda-thumbYou’d be surprised by the types of things that can reinvigorate a community. In St. Joseph, Michigan, it started with a public art display. Downtown Flint’s turnout involves an array of events, new restaurants and a farmers market unlike any other in the state. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show we discuss the role that arts and culture play in a community’s economic development. My co-hosts are Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin of the hit PBS TV show, “Under the Radar” and our guests are Jamie Bennett executive director of ArtPlace America; Flint Mayor Dayne Walling; and Susan Solon, of the City of St. Joseph. The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR since 2010. The show airs 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, on News/Talk 760 WJR, but you can listen anytime at the League’s website or by subscribing to the FREE iTunes podcast. Learn more about the placemaking concept here as well as on this blog.

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League’s New Book to Highlight Local Placemaking Successes, People Behind Them

As a follow-up to the successful Economics of Place: The Importance of Building Communities Around People, the Michigan Municipal League will release a new book in September detailing some incredible placemaking projects in the state. The book highlights individual successes and places emphasis on lessons learned so that other communities can use the stories for motivation and guidance. The continued reinvention of cities and villages in the state provides the perfect backdrop for gathering meaningful knowledge.

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The League’s will make this book look boring!

Be ready for surprise contributions from some “accidental” placemakers and urbanists, too.

Stay tuned to this blog for news about the release.

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