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Finding the Future of Places in Buenos Aires

At a recent conference on the Future of Places in the Argentinian city of Buenos Aires, the focus was on streets as public spaces and how they can drive urban prosperity. Planners, architects, academics, consultants, and social entrepreneurs from 50 nations discussed public space and placemaking from their own unique perspectives. There was plenty of diversity, and opportunities to explore placemaking projects in Buenos Aires, but all agreed that placemaking is really all about how we live. The challenge is connecting good decision-making to good policy. Read more.

Baroda Area Featured in League's New Placemaking Book

League staff and more than 70 Baroda-area residents gathered at the village's Round Barn Public House for a big celebration on Oct. 23. League CEO Dan Gilmartin commended Baroda for its revitalization efforts that earned the community a chapter in the League's new book, "The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities." State legislators also honored local officials. Read more.

Longtime Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte Dies

Richard Notte, mayor of the fourth largest city in Michigan, died Oct. 28. He enjoyed a long and productive career in Sterling Heights government, including 11 terms as mayor and 10 years on city council. In 2011, Notte was honored with the League's Michael A. Guido Leadership and Public Service Award. Read more.

Civic Engagement Offers Communities a Multitude of Benefits

Civic engagement is becoming a topic of conversation at all levels of government. It's good for the community, aids governmental capacity, and leads to better decision-making and policy implementation. Learn best practices in the League's Civic Engagement Guidebook. Read more.

Pop-up Placemaking Sparks Creativity and Engagement

Berkley took advantage of their annual Art Bash to plan an event showing show residents possible uses for an outdated downtown intersection. Along with the art fair, people enjoyed outdoor seating, sculptures, games and yoga, and offered feedback and more ideas. Read more..

Halloween is a Boo-tiful Time for Downtown Placemaking

Crisp Fall air and trees ablaze with color create the perfect setting for a Halloween-themed event to draw people into your downtown. Many Michigan communities have put their creative spin on the holiday. For more ideas, check out the League's new placemaking book. Read more.

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