One of several Old Town Lansing photos used in the On Common Ground article.
There’s a fantastic article about placemaking in Michigan in the summer, 2013 issue of On Common Ground magazine put out by the National Association of Realtors. The “A Case for Place” article highlights the work of the Michigan Association of Realtors in this effort and lays out many of the pro-placemaking arguments the Michigan Municipal League has been stating for years now.
In fact, the article uses many of the photos taken by the League, in particular several shots of the placemaking examples in Old Town Lansing. The article explains that it made perfect sense for the Realtors Association to get involved in placemaking because it begins at the community level and “after all, Realtors are the eyes and ears of communities.”
“Real estate is local,” stated Kathie Feklpausch, senior vice president of the Michigan Association of Realtors, in the article. “Realtors are in the neighborhood all the time and are aware of or directly involved with the groups doing these projects. They sell place.”
That makes sense to those of us at the League. The article goes on to explain that placemaking is essential for real estate and that the state of Michigan has recognized the importance of creating and maintaining great places. The article also discussed how the Michigan Association of Realtors has adopted the Lighter Quicker Cheaper concept promoted by the Project for Public Spaces organization.
Read the full article here.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at (734) 669-6317 and email@example.com.