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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 Bogota, 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. Bogota 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.

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

Opening a restaurant can be a risky proposition. But starting out 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. Read more.

Artists Create Long-Term Community Vision for Detroit/Hamtramck Border

In 2008, two Detroit artists set in motion a creative placemaking plan for their multcultural Banglatown neighborhood. It's now a growing creative community where familes upgrade their houses and gardens, children ride bikes, and a Porous Borders Festival is planned. 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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