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?
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.
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.
We are joined today by Dennis Stachewicz, the director of planning and community development for Marquette.
Listen to the full interview above.