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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Michigan Missing Middle Competition Winners
$10,000 Cash Prize for First Place Motivated Architects and Design Students from Around the World

The 2015 MIplace “Missing Middle” Housing Design Competition concluded with the Awards Symposium held on...

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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 purpose of the City of Lansing Sense of Place in the Arts Program is to create community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize on Lansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses,...