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Michigan Municipal League CEO Discusses Development Strategies to Enhance City Appeal

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, discusses why placemaking is an important economic development strategy (Haley McLaughlin/ Michigan Daily)
Dan Gilmartin, the executive director and CEO of the nonprofit Michigan Municipal League, spoke on urban development, aiming at educating students about placemaking, which is an economic strategy to boost city appeal by sponsoring events or creating interesting sites to attract a community. Examples of placemaking include areas like Campus Martius, a park between office buildings in downtown Detroit, and events that bring a community together like ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Read more... Read more

Post-Election Outlook for 2017 Design and Construction

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The economy has limped through much of 2016. Some analysts say uncertainty over the U.S. presidential and congressional elections has caused businesses and consumers to hold off committing to construction and other spending. Once the election is finally over, will construction get a bounce or fall into a sinkhole? What are the likely impacts on housing, private nonresidential investment, infrastructure and other public projects? Will labor availability ease or continue to plague many contractors? Are materials prices heading up, down... Read more

Auto-Centric Suburb Considers Making Developers Pay More for Transit, Walking

Traffic congestion in Bethesda, Maryland (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)
Montgomery County, Maryland, is considering changing how it measures the transportation impact of proposed development, focusing — for the first time — on how accessible new buildings would be to transit rather than how many vehicles they would add to roads. Planners propose focusing on how many jobs would be reachable within a one-hour walkable transit trip of a new development, rather than the amount of traffic it would generate. Read more... Read more

University District Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Celebrated Monday, With Construction to Start in Spring

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A pedestrian and bicycle bridge to connect the growing University District with the East Sprague Avenue area of Spokane, Washington, is coming soon. Local officials on Monday gathered in a parking lot along Martin Luther King Jr. Way – the site of the bridge’s north landing – to celebrate the project and the community cooperation that led to its $12 million in funding. The bridge will offer a safer route to and from the university campuses and will spur development... Read more
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