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“Staying Home, Staying Safe” Reinforces the Importance of Having a Home

A lot of us have been spending a lot more time at home lately, either laid-off, furloughed, working-from-home, or caring ...
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Foundations for community wealth: our four pillars

As we evolve the Michigan Municipal League’s work into community wealth building, we’ve organized our approach into four focus areas, or “pillars.” These four pillars work together to support healthy ...
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A Recipe for Community Wealth

One day, someone new came to town. Let’s call him Sam. Sam was hungry and looking for a meal. He knocked on several doors and heard the same story each ...
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Community Wealth Building – Why Now?

Community Wealth Building – Why Now?

We know that everyone in Michigan is confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in their own way. The Michigan Municipal League has watched our local communities pivot to this critical emergency, providing ...
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Creativity that Connects Us

The stay-at-home order has made such a difference for so many staying healthy during the pandemic, but, if we’re being honest, it’s been hard. We’ve felt disconnected, and sometimes bored ...
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Re-Opening the Economy and the Complexities of Downtowns

Re-Opening the Economy and the Complexities of Downtowns

Guest blog by Bruce Katz, Frances Kern Mennone and Gunnar Branson (reprinted with permission from the New Local Urbanism) As the demand for re-opening the economy takes hold, we must ...
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Bike on Bike Path

The Beauty of Biking in the Time of COVID-19

I went for a bike ride today.  It was chilly but sunny so I bundled up and jumped on.  I zipped through my city streets, onto the campus of Michigan ...
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Building Community Through Making Things

Building Community Through Making Things

“Jiffy" Mix featured prominently in my childhood in Chelsea. Visually, of course, as the Chelsea Milling Co’s grain elevators loom over downtown, and also culturally: Jiffy factory tours were a regular ...
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What’s on Your Plate Lately?

What’s on Your Plate Lately?

Food security is deeply embedded in local economic and financial stability, a core tenet of community wealth building, for both households and food producers. During the coronavirus pandemic, that kind of ...
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