Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Placemaking Stories Detailed in New League Book
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
You ever say to yourself, “Man, I got so many good stories I should write a book?” Well, that’s exactly what the Michigan Municipal League said when hearing of all the amazing placemaking work happening in our communities. So we did it – we wrote a book. The League’s October Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR focuses on our new book, The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities. Learn more about the book at economicsofplace.com and you can buy it here. (http://www.economicsofplace.com/purchase-the-books/).
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).
THIS MONTH’S SHOW airs at 7 p.m., October 22 on News/Talk 760 WJR, and you can listen by clicking the links below. Listen as we talk about how the book got started, what’s in it and how it will inspire you.
Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, explains that the Prosperity Agenda radio show is about challenging listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play. Gilmartin said having vibrant and prosperous local communities is a key factor.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (56 seconds)
Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Chastity Pratt Dawsey is a writer for Bridge Magazine. She spent more than a decade at the Detroit Free Press and is a Detroit native. She discusses some of her placemaking-focus work with Bridge, including an in-depth piece on Gary Heidel, chief placemaking officer at MSHDA.
- Pratt Dawsey has a great take on placemaking and feels no matter what the size or shape of the community, placemaking comes down to one essential question. Listen to find out what question that is. (6:53)
Elizabeth Philips Foley
Elizabeth Phillips Foley is co-author of the League’s new book, The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities. Liz discusses the League’s first book, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People, and how this new book is different. She explains the League’s first book explained the “what” and “whys” of placemaking and this new book tells the stories of placemaking in action.
- Liz discusses how some of the stories in the book show the positive economic impact placemaking can play in a community. (9:43)
Chuck Eckenstahler is a local planning consultant and placemaking expert who was heavily involved in a project in Baroda that is prominently featured in the book. The Village of Baroda is a small community in Berrien County, Michigan. Chuck was a key consultant on that project and had worked with Berrien County for more than 40 years. He explains the transition Baroda went through – going from a tiny village struggling to find the resources to survive to becoming the heart of wine country.
- Listen to Chuck tell the amazing comeback story of “Bill’s Tap and Restaurant” as an example of the entire area’s turnaround. (10:11)
Jermaine Ruffin is currently a Placemaking Policy Specialist with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). He is responsible for the implementation of MSHDA Placemaking policy, development consulting and interagency project facilitation for communities statewide. Jermaine talks about how agritourism is highlighted in the League’s new book and why this industry is so important to the state.
- Why should people buy and read the League’s new book? Jermaine has the answer. (10:08)