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Combining a small-town feel and cosmopolitanism, Ann Arbor enjoys a national reputation for successful placemaking.

Vision, planning and hard work turned the declining Upper Peninsula mining town of Marquette into a thriving and inspirational community.

A working-class urban village enclosed within the city of Detroit, Hamtramck embraces immigrants, hipsters and artists.

Recognized for innovative use of its downtown, Grand Rapids invests heavily in creating places that attract and retain talent. 

The restoration of a historic Flint landmark played a critical role in rallying community support for developing the downtown area.

One of Michigan’s most popular port cities, Alpena draws on its rich maritime past to create a thriving downtown with international appeal.

Innovative retail, local foods, the arts and year-round lakefront activities contribute to Boyne City’s thriving downtown – and local economy.

By successfully reimagining downtown neighborhoods, Detroit is attracting artists, entrepreneurs and out-of-town businesses.

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Through Main Street support and grassroots neighborhood initiatives, Lansing is creating exciting places where people want to live, work and play. 

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Building a stronger Michigan together
What defines a community? It’s the common ground where people gather –from housing, streets and plazas to parks, green spaces and waterfronts. We believe that by revitalizing communities and rebuilding neighborhoods, we can strengthen the entire state. Together with our many partners, we invest in Michigan communities to enhance the quality of life of our residents – and to attract and retain businesses, entrepreneurs and workers throughout the state. Read more

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The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream, which created the metropolitan regions that we know today. That Dream is still operative —...