community http://michiganradio.org en How yoga studios can impact the cultural landscape of a city http://michiganradio.org/post/how-yoga-studios-can-impact-cultural-landscape-city <p>Back in the 1990s, we began to see coffee shops pop up in cities all around Michigan — Starbucks, Caribou, Biggby.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, a similar trend is happening with yoga studios, here in Michigan and nationwide.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the Washington Post’s </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/11/AR2006061100766.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyndsey Layton</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> put it:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“To track the economic transformation of Washington, here's a simple rule: Follow the yoga mats.”</span></p></blockquote><p>How do yoga studios change the cultural landscape of a city? Are these changes positive or are long-time residents being kept away from the table?</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:31:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 15135 at http://michiganradio.org How yoga studios can impact the cultural landscape of a city How Marquette is using 'placemaking' to develop a thriving community http://michiganradio.org/post/how-marquette-using-placemaking-develop-thriving-community <p>We've talked about a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/freshman-representatives-bill-could-fix-michigans-brain-drain" target="_blank">House Bill that aims to stop Michigan's 'brain drain,'</a> but communities throughout the state need to do more to attract and keep young people in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>Arnold Weinfeld, the director of Strategic Initiatives at the Michigan Municipal League , said that 2/3 of college graduates look for a location they want to live in first, and then search for jobs within that city. A generation or two ago, the process was reversed.</p><p>Because of this shift, Weinfeld&nbsp;said, Michigan communities need to start 'placemaking.'</p><p>"Placemaking&nbsp;are the actual actions that a local government, non profit, or neighborhood groups take to create the kind of place that people want to be in."</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:25:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 12544 at http://michiganradio.org How Marquette is using 'placemaking' to develop a thriving community Detroit's Roaming Table mixes civic engagement and urban planning http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-roaming-table-mixes-civic-engagement-and-urban-planning <p>Changing Gears reporter <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/kate-davidson">Kate Davidson</a> last week debunked the conventional wisdom that Detroit has 40 square miles of vacant land. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-tons-vacant-land-forty-square-miles?nopop=1">In her report she found </a>that in all likelihood the number is probably closer to half that.</p><p>Which, if you think about it, is still a lot of empty land.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is where the <a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/for-detroit-to-work-we-need-action-today/">Detroit Works Project</a> comes in -- that&#39;s the name of Mayor Dave Bing&#39;s revitalization plan for the city.&nbsp;The Detroit Works team has to figure out what to do with all that empty land. To help them find some answers, they&#39;re turning to Detroit&#39;s residents for help.</p><p>They&#39;re also enlisting the help of ... a table.</p><p><strong>A table, you say?</strong></p><p>Yes. But this is no ordinary table, dear reader. The purpose of this particular table is to &quot;disrupt people&rsquo;s everyday lives,&quot; according to Theresa Skora, who helped design it.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s meant to fold up and be put into a car and be taken around,&quot; says Skora. Which is why they call it the Roaming Table. &nbsp;And believe it or not this table &ndash; with its nifty green logo and stacks of glossy pamphlets &ndash; is key to the city&#39;s revitalization plan aka Detroit Works. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7227 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Roaming Table mixes civic engagement and urban planning ArtServe Michigan to serve up fresh, local art http://michiganradio.org/post/artserve-michigan-serve-fresh-local-art <p>An arts advocacy group is stealing an investment idea from the agriculture world in an effort to get more folks to buy local art.</p><p>A statewide arts advocacy group wants to serve up some fresh, local art. To do so, the group is copying an investment model popular in the agricultural world.</p><p>Lots of farms in Michigan participate in <a href="http://csafarms.org/findcsa.asp">Community Supported Agriculture</a>. Folks can buy a CSA share in a farm. In return, the shareholder gets a weekly crate of fresh farm produce.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:23:49 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5705 at http://michiganradio.org ArtServe Michigan to serve up fresh, local art Day of service expands in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/day-service-expands-lansing <p>This week&rsquo;s guest for &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Working&rdquo; is Julie Powers, the Director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. Ms. Powers has been involved in the planning and organizing of a day of community service in Lansing, set to happen this year on May 14<sup>th</sup>. The event is entitled, &ldquo;Adopt-Your-Place.&rdquo;</p><p>Volunteers will be led by event organizers in such tasks as water testing and clean-up along the Grand River, planting and mulching public gardens throughout the area, clearing trails, repairing eyesores, and generally giving some TLC to local sites in need. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:50:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1986 at http://michiganradio.org Day of service expands in Lansing