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How downtown Farmington grew a heart

How does someone talk about the heart of your downtown when there isn't one? That was the problem Farmington was facing. But with community involvement and an assist from the DDA, a former downtown parking lot became the Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park. 

OpEd: The city needs to help Detroiters finance home restorations

The city of Detroit is encouraging the rehabbing of delinquent homes through initiatives such as Neighbors Wanted, but funds are limited and the work timeframe too short. Detroit landlord and Castle CEO Max Nussenbaum offers up more realistic financing ideas.  

Michigan Land Banks: 10 Years of Struggles and Successes

Blight, foreclosure, real estate speculation -- they can degrade a neighborhood's value and compromise the social and economic health of a community. For the last decade, land banks have been used as a tool for revitalization. Embraced by some and reviled by others, Metromode takes a look at where the programs have worked and why.

Metro Detroit Gets Ready to Grow with Transit-Oriented Development

As regional transit moves closer to reality for metro Detroit, cities and developers prepare to reap the economic potential of high-speed buses and streetcars through plans for placemaking and transit-oriented development.

A New Way to Look at Vacant Spaces in Metro Detroit

Placemaking and land-banking are all the rage these days but neither are easy to measure with any accuracy. So, how do you get the biggest bang for your economic development buck? Enter Nigel G. Griswol, an economic development consultant who has crunched the numbers.
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