All year, the League and its partners â€“ Michigan State University and Michigan State Housing Development Authority – have been working with community leaders and residents in eight cities throughout Michigan. The goal was to help communities design and implement transformative placemaking projects that focus economic development efforts around walkable downtown districts.
The result is creative PlacePlans that are uniquely customized for each community. Cadillacâ€™s â€œHeritage Plazaâ€ concept envisions the site as a year-round destination and hub of downtown. Southwest Detroitâ€™s â€œConnecting Communities with Vernor Crossingâ€ PlacePlan redesigns a vacant brownfield site as a flexible public plaza, retail center and shared market space for local entrepreneurs. Flintâ€™s Grand Traverse Greenway PlacePlan provides unique designs for intersections, community connections and amenities for this 3.4 mile bike/walk trail. Creating a â€œfood innovation districtâ€ in the Western Gateway area was the recommendation of Hollandâ€™s PlacePlan.
The â€œDowntown Jackson Alleywayâ€ can become an inviting part of the city with PlacePlan design elements that enliven and link together destinations along the alley. Kalamazoo Valley Community Collegeâ€™s new healthy living campus and surrounding area can benefit from the Kalamazoo PlacePlanâ€™s recommendations for a sustainable transportation plan. Marquetteâ€™s â€œReimagining Baraga Avenueâ€ PlacePlan is full of ideas to improve the connectivity and appearance of this section of downtown. And iIn Midlandâ€™s PlacePlan, learn about the strategic opportunities for the cityâ€™s popular farmers market as a functional market, community gathering space, and catalyst for economic development in downtown.
To read the full reports for all the 2014 PlacePlans, visit the PlacePlans page.