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Tag Archives: Small Towns
A new set of survey results from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy details a big increase in the use of placemaking as a core economic development strategy in Michigan communities. This is great news for … Continue reading
Good placemaking projects come in many forms. There are some constants, to be sure, like good physical design, community engagement and a willingness by those on-the-ground to rethink the norms. In Traverse City, MI it means leveraging an historic waterfront … Continue reading
It is summertime so let’s talk about the great outdoors and how communities of all shapes and sizes are using placemaking techniques to build capacity in public spaces. Below are two great case studies. One is from a smaller town. … Continue reading
Here is another piece that I will share from my uber-talented colleague Liz Shaw. Liz recently attended the kick-off event for Jonesville Soup, a hyper local crowd sourcing event in a small town in southern Michigan. The event showed why … Continue reading
Tuesday, I am fortunate to be the keynote at the ninth annual Small Town and Rural Development Conference. Sometimes I think we place so much emphasis on community building in big cities that smaller places are often overlooked. However, most … Continue reading