Tag Archives: Michigan Municipal League

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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State imposed oppressive funding scheme for municipal operations hurts all communities, not just Flint

Here is an excellent article that appears in today’s Detroit Free Press from my colleague Tony Minghine, further evidence that Michigan’s system for funding cities is broken and must change. Take a look. Michigan’s way of funding cities set stage … Continue reading

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Flint Water- for every action there is a reaction

Many outsiders look at the situation in Flint, Michigan with bewilderment. They ask, how can an American city essentially poison its own citizens with lead laced water? What kind of process leads to this type of outcome? First, let’s track … Continue reading

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Financial struggles in cities- it’s not always what you think

An article on the state of Michigan’s role in the struggling finances of cities penned by my colleague Tony Minghine is earning some increased play on social media because of the travesty in Flint and the governor’s recent budget announcement … Continue reading

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