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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Complete Streets – Designing roadways to accommodate all users, not just motorists

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

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The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month since 2010.

The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The show’s topics focus on the concept of placemaking. To learn more about placemaking visit Dan’s blog: The Economics of Place, the state'snew placemaking resources website, Miplace.org and check out our book, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People, available on Amazon.com.

THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m. June 26 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can also listen now by clicking the links below. Experts discuss Complete Streets projects that allow pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and others to safely use the roads in their communities. Read more about the placemaking concept here at placemaking.mml.org.

View past radio shows here.

Listen to the full show: (37:51)

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Dan Gilmartin

Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League.

- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (1:01)

Dustin Block

Dustin Block is the community news director for MLive Detroit. He came to Detroit from the Milwaukee area and he discusses the differences he sees in the two urban areas. He also talks about some of the projects he is covering in his role with MLive and what they may mean for Detroit.

- Block talks about some of the articles mlive.com Detroit has done on the work in around and Detroit and how bicyclists are among the more active social media users on mlive.co. (6:58)

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Suzanne Schulz

Suzanne Schulz is Planning Department Director for the City of Grand Rapids. She discusses Complete Streets projects taking place in west Michigan and how they are creating walkable communities that offer public transit serve and have green spaces.

- Schulz explains the Complete Streets concept and how streets are being designed to accommodate people of all ages and mobility. (10 minutes)

 

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Jason Fowler

Jason Fowler is a native of Michigan and has a deep-rooted passion for preserving, improving and contributing to the appeal of the state and the diverse communities in metropolitan Detroit. He serves as the Economic Development Program Manager for the Woodward Avenue Association and he talks about his vision for the organization.

- Fowler talks about the effort to improve Woodward Avenue and how the improvement could include expanded public transit options. (9:59)

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John Lindenmayer

John Lindenmayer is the Advocacy and Policy Director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists. He discusses Complete Streets projects in Michigan and why it is so important that roadways accommodate people and not just automobiles.

- Lindenmayer explains how there’s a growing awareness in Michigan about Complete Streets, but there’s still a ways to go for more acceptance and understanding. So far, about 90 Michigan communities are involved in Complete Streets in some form. (9:52)

PAST SHOWS

May. 22, 2013:Engaging citizens is vital to creating prosperous communities

Apr. 24, 2013: Repurposing Property Through Private and Public Partnerships to Revitalize Communities

Mar. 27, 2013: Town-Gown Partnerships Between Cities and Universities Helping to Move State Forward

Feb. 27, 2013: Retiring Baby Boomers Provide Opportunity to Communities

Jan. 23, 2013: Aging in Place

Dec. 26, 2012: Placemaking in Michigan – A Year in Review

Nov. 26, 2012: What is Placemaking and What is MSHDA’s Role in It?

Oct. 24, 2012: Embracing Green Technology in Neighborhood Revitalization

Sept. 26, 2012: Entrepreneurs are Key to Economic Turnaround

August 22, 2012: The MIplace Partnership Initiative Improving Cities and Neighborhoods

July 25, 2012: Arts and Culture Important to Placemaking

June 27, 2012: Entrepreneurs Key to Thriving Michigan Communities

May 23, 2012: Attracting Talent Key to Michigan's Future

April 25, 2012: How Do We Bring it Back to Michigan?

March 28, 2012: Vibrant Michigan Downtowns Good for Business

Feb. 18, 2012: Making Our State More Sustainable

Jan. 25, 2012: The Benefits of Federal Funding for Neighborhood Stabilization

Dec. 29, 2011: The Year in Review

Nov. 27, 2011: Transportation in the State and the Role it Plays in Michigan's Future Economic Prosperity

Oct. 26, 2011: League’s Recently Released Book Emphasizes Quality of Place to Michigan’s Economic Prosperity

Sept. 26, 2011: How will Michigan’s foreclosure crisis impact the state’s future prosperity

August 24, 2011: League Releasing Book Emphasizing Quality of Place

July 27, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

June 22, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

May 25, 2011: Why Transit Matter's to Michigan's Future Prosperity

April 27, 2011: Why Place Matters to Michigan's Future Prosperity

Mar. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and What it Means for Michigan

Feb. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s Proposed Budget and the Potential Impact on Michigan Cities

Jan 26, 2011: Civic Engagement and Getting People Involved in the Community

Dec 23, 2010: Why Higher Education is Among Main Pillars for Building Michigan's Future

Nov 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life

Oct 20, 2010: Michigan Governor Candidates Talk Cities

Sept 23, 2010: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Aug 25, 2010: Green Initiatives

July 28, 2010: Economic Gardening

June 23, 2010: Rightsizing Cities

May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

Apr 28, 2010: The New Urban Neighborhood

Mar 24, 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Feb 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Jan 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan

 

 

 

 

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