Earlier this winter, Pittsburgh played host to the Mayors Institute on City Design. The institute organizes sessions where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities. I'll save more on the institute for another post.
Right now, I want to focus on the themes that emerged from their Pittsburgh session. And, it sounds awfully similar to the message that the League has been preaching across the state about what its going to take to build vibrant places in the 21s century. Things like community design, connectivity, sustainable development, collaboration and public/private partnerships.
The League, your League, is seen as a national leader in working with local officials and others who believe that "place" is the prime commodity in the 21st century and that only by investing in our communities will we be able to move our economy forward. See what we're focusing on at our Center for 21st Century Communities project.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail