city planning en Marquette's walkability is a model for Michigan <p></p><p>How do you guide your city or town into the future, without losing those elements from the past that make it special, livable, with a true sense of place?</p><p>That's a challenge many towns in Michigan face. Many small towns have lost their unique look, buried by a profusion of generic shopping strips, lots of gas stations, drug stores and fast food restaurants. And then there are the wide freeways and highways that carve a city up.</p><p>The city of Marquette is an example of how a city can redefine itself, yet make itself something special, livable and walkable. And what they're doing in Marquette can be a model for towns and cities all over Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>We are joined today by Dennis Stachewicz, the director of planning and community development&nbsp;for Marquette.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:49:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17040 at Marquette's walkability is a model for Michigan Flint city council to get a look at the city's draft master plan Monday <p>The Flint city council will get its first official look at the city’s proposed master plan Monday.</p><p></p><p>It’s been more than a half century since Flint leaders have drawn up a master plan for their city.</p><p></p><p>Since then, the city’s population has dwindled and much of its economic base has shifted.</p><p></p><p>Two years ago, city leaders started work on a new master plan to guide the development of residential neighborhoods, new business districts and city parks. There have been dozens of meetings, involving thousands of Flint residents.</p><p></p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13920 at Flint city council to get a look at the city's draft master plan Monday Conference looks to reclaim Flint <p>The city of Flint is hosting a conference this weekend which to look at ways to transform the city.</p><p></p><p>The Congress for Urban Transformation is bringing activists, artists, urban planners and others to Flint. &nbsp;&nbsp;The conference is looking at a variety of ways to reclaim Flint, from urban agriculture to improved city planning.</p><p></p><p>Rob McCullough is the local program coordinator. He says they are looking at new ways to reclaim Flint’s industrial sites and hard hit neighborhoods.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 19:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 9657 at Coming up with a master plan for Flint's future <p>The city of Flint is developing its first master plan in a half century.</p><p>The challenge is charting a future course for a city that some critics have said doesn&rsquo;t have a future.</p><p>First things first.&nbsp;&nbsp; Cities don&rsquo;t just change.</p><p>They follow a plan.&nbsp; The master plan outlines where to build homes.&nbsp; Where to encourage retail stores to open.&nbsp; Where to let businesses build factories.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7358 at Coming up with a master plan for Flint's future