Placemaking in Northern Michigan
Placemaking is a community-based approach involving the discovery and implementation of practices that make our communities distinctive, economically viable, accessible, and visually pleasing. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration and potential, creating good public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and economic well-being.
In support of assisting communities with their placemaking goals, the Placemaking Micro-Grants Program is intended to provide resources to communities looking to realize their placemaking efforts.
Placemaking in Northport
Northport, Michigan is working with Leelanau Township on an initiative called Designing and Achieving Our Potential to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for local residents. One of the priorities of the initiative is to make Northport a place that will attract more year round businesses and families. Watch the video to find out more.
Placemaking in Harbor Springs
Harbor Springs, Michigan is using Placemaking to make improvements to the community. Watch the video to find out more.
This year's Northern Michigan Placemaking Summits, held in Traverse City and Petoskey, were designed to inspire local implementation. Placemaking is a community-based approach to the planning, design and management of spaces that have local and regional importance. Put simply, it involves the discovery and implementation of practices that make our communities distinctive, economically viable, accessible, and visually pleasing. Currently, many master plans and regional initiatives, like The Grand Vision, are using placemaking as a tool to build community pride and prosperity.
From The Placemaking Summits 2012:
The 2012 Northern Michigan Placemaking Summits held in Petoskey and Traverse City attracted about 300 local leaders interested in learning more about implementing placemaking in their communities. Watch the video to hear some of the attendees talk about how the Summit helps their placemaking efforts.
|Christopher Leinberger, an internationally known land use strategist, developer and author, was the keynote speaker at the Northern Michigan Placemaking Summits in Petoskey and Traverse City. Leinberger talked about walkable development and what he calls the "experience economy" and how it impacts placemaking.||Dan Gilmartin, the CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League, was one of the speakers at the Northern Michigan Placemaking Summits in Petoskey and Traverse City. Gilmartin talked about the importance of creating authentic places and how that helps the regional economy.|
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Chris Leinberger, Land Use Strategist, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Biographical Info
New! Get your copy of the Community Placemaking Guidebook
The Community Placemaking Guidebook follows the tenets of New Designs for Growth and The Grand Vision. It is designed to empower local citizens and unique collaborative groups in communities across northwest lower Michigan with the community pride and Placemaking toolkit that offers critical approaches to creating and managing successful public spaces. The level of a community’s local pride plays a significant role in the quality and maintenance of local places, an overall sense of place and identity, and ultimately economic prosperity in the global economy.
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See the video, Placemaking in Northern Michigan:
Presentations from the 2012 Placemaking Summit
Arts and Culture Placemaking:
Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, Michigan
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Attracting and Retaining Investment:
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
City of Cadillac
Form Based Zoning:
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Incorporating Placemaking in the Master Plan:
|Main Street Renaissance|
Place Based Master Planning:
|Placemaking and the Master Plan|
Placemaking for Pedestrians:
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Recreation and Placemaking:
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism as Placemaking
|Recreation and Placemaking|
Attracting and Retaining Investment
Elk Rapids (view Prezi online)
|Placemaking and Investment|
Winners Announced for New Community Video Projects - 2012
Northport and Harbor Springs were the two communities selected by random drawing to receive production of their own placemaking videos. The videos will highlight activities and growth of placemaking efforts within each of these communities.
Video From the 2011 Northern Michigan Placemaking Summit
|Fred Kent is the founder and president of Project for Public Spaces. He is also recognized as an expert on placemaking. Kent was the keynote speaker at a Placemaking Summit hosted by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments in 2011. Watch the video to hear what Kent thinks communities should know about placemaking.||Bill Rustem is Governor Rick Snyder's Chief Strategist and is recognized as an expert in public policy issues related to land use. Rustem was one of the speakers at the 2011 Placemaking Summit in Traverse City. Watch the video to find out why Rustem thinks placemaking will play an important role in Michigan's future.||Dan Gilmartin is the executive director of the Michigan Municipal League and is recognized as a leader in local government reform. He was one of the speakers at the 2011 Placemaking Summit in Traverse City. Watch the video to find out why Gilmartin thinks it's important for Michigan go have competitive places.|