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Renowned Urban Thinker Enrique Peñalosa on Transportation Equity

At a packed auditorium in Detroit's Max Fisher Music Center, Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, shared his views on making urban transportation more equitable for people of all economic levels. As mayor, he made dramatic changes to a city of 8 milliion people by making pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit an important part of the transportation picture. Bogotá now has many inviting sidewalks, plazas, cycling paths, and an impressive rapid bus system. Peñalosa feels that Detroit is in a great position to make some of the same changes. Read more.

Convention Breakout Sessions Give Voice to Communities of All Sizes

This year's Convention sports an array of breakout sessions that should put a smile on the faces of all attendees. If you're from a rural community longing to be heard in legislative decisions or a larger city desiring to revamp your planning-zoning system to accommodate placemaking, we have something for all. You'll come away with ideas you can apply in your community. Get the details and register now.

How the Arts Inspire Change in Detroit Neighborhoods

The arts play an especially important role in Detroit. They're an active part of civic life, cultivating community resilience by connecting people and places across the city. Write A House, which renovates homes and gives them to talented writers, and Scarab Club, which uses art to heal racial and class divisions, are just two examples.Read more

Two New Ann Arbor Restaurants Bubble-up From Mark's Carts

Opening a restaurant is risky, but starting with a food truck at Mark's Carts de facto business incubator program gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to test out their concept on a smaller scale. Two businesses that started as carts have now graduated to brick-and-mortar cafes. More.

SEEDS Program Promotes Green Education in Northern Michigan

As another school year begins, Traverse City's nonprofit SEEDS program aims to boost young people's knowledge of the environment. After-school programs get kids outside for hands-on projects, and teens can earn school credit while learning green-collar job skills. More.

Marquette Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Awesome Skatepark

Over the last 8 years, Marquette residents and officials created an awesome skatepark. To make it even better with landscaping, benches and skate-able art, they launched a crowdfunding campaign through MEDC's public spaces matching grant initiative. Read more.

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