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Feb. 2, 2010

Media Advisory

Michigan Municipal League Hosts Community Design Expert Dan Burden

Events Feb. 8- 12 in Linden/Fenton, Lapeer, Lathrup Village and Lansing

WHAT

International community design expert Dan Burden will address local officials in Lansing and guide community walkability audits in Linden/Fenton, Lapeer and Lathrup Village (about the speaker). In these “walking audits” Burden will lead a group of community members on a stroll through their city. Looking like a school safety patrol officer, Burden typically wears an orange vest or shirt, carries a sign and leads the group through town identifying walking conditions along specific streets. It’s a visual event for both print and electronic media. For the walkability workshop in Lansing, Burden will explain sustainable transportation and land use practices that bolster local economies. These events are free to media (includes lunch). For lunch, please RSVP here.

WHEN & WHERE

  • Feb. 8, Linden/Fenton - Walking Audit. 10 am - 4 pm, Masonic Temple, 119 N. Bridge St, Linden, MI 48451

  • Feb. 9, Lapeer - Walking Audit. 10 am - 4 pm, 576 Liberty Park, Lapeer, MI 48446

  • Feb. 10, Lathrup Village - Walking Audit. 10 am - 4pm, 27400 Southfield Road, Lathrup Village, MI 48076  

  • Feb. 12, Lansing - Walkability Workshop. 9 am -3 pm, 208 N. Capitol Ave., 1st Floor, Lansing, MI 48933

Schedule of Events for Walking Audits
10 am - Noon:  Walking audits start from city hall (dress for extensive outdoor walking)
Noon - 2 pm:  Networking lunch.  Media should RSVP for free lunch here
2 pm - 4 pm:  Burden will present findings from the walking audit.

WHY

To promote physical design and walkability as an economic development strategy for Michigan communities; to demonstrate how investing in sound physical design will help Michigan cultivate thriving 21st century cities.

CONTACT

Heather Van Poucker
Michigan Municipal League
Director of Information & Policy Research
Ph: 734-669-6326 / email

Background
By putting people, not cars at the center of design, communities across the country are building attractive, livable environments with strong economies. To increase walkability in Michigan, communities across the state are incorporating modern physical design strategies into their development plans. For more about making vibrant communities, visit the Michigan Municipal League Center for 21st Century Communities.

About the Michigan Municipal League
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.

 

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