CAPITAL CONFERENCE 2012: THE POLITICS OF PLACEMAKING
View the video here.This mayor in Lithuanian takes his city’s bike lanes seriously – very seriously. In case you haven’t seen it (watch here), Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas rides in an armored tank and crushes a Mercedes illegally parked in a bike lane in Lithuanian’s capital, Vilnius. The video was a stunt and the city actually bought the car, but it’s a fun (and quite short) video to watch. It definitely gets the point across about having pedestrian-friendly communities and the importance of placemaking!While we’re not crushing cars – at least not yet - the Michigan Municipal League also takes Complete Streets and walkability very seriously. Learn during our annual Convention Oct. 4-7 in Grand Rapids (http://www.mml.org/events/annual_convention/) about how having pedestrian-friendly communities is a key part of having a vibrant downtown. Josh McManus, co-founder of CreateHere, will join at League at Convention to talk about placemaking and what’s happening to ignite a creative explosion in Chattanooga, Tenn. Register for Convention here.Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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