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by on March 23, 2018
CrainsDetroit.com . Annalise Frank — The city of #Warren will seek a developer to build a new, #walkable downtown around its city hall and a raised bridge to draw in foot traffic from the nearby GM Technical Center. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts called his city the largest in Michigan without a downtown during his State of the City address Thursday at Andiamo Italia on 14 Mile Road. The city will issue a nationwide request for proposals April 9 with the aim of finding a developer or team to ...
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by on March 20, 2018
Daily Tribune, Michael P. McConnell — #RoyalOak is getting ready to establish north-south #BikeLane routes through the city this spring. City Engineer Matt Callahan said officials are working this week to begin soliciting bids from contractors to make the bike route a reality. “We estimate that construction would take from eight to 10 weeks,” he said, adding that a contractor would be selected in the coming months. Royal Oak plans to add bike lanes on Campbell Road from 10 Mile to ...
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by on March 7, 2018
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Erin Mundahl — It is hard to realize how #CarDependent suburbs are–until you attempt to walk in one. Suddenly, inconsistent #sidewalk access, wide lanes of traffic to cross on short walk lights, and sheer distance begins to make getting around more daunting. For decades, the stereotypical American family lived in the #suburbs, relying on at least two cars to get around. In the last several years, young people have been bucking this trend, leading to the revitali...
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by on January 10, 2018
TROY — Aaron Lad presents a snow-covered Big Beaver. The photo & videos were taken at around 6:30pm, several days after 2 recent snow falls. Temperature 25 degrees. The 16 mile corridor is quickly becoming an active-transit destination. But are the city's Big Beaver snow removal policies up to date? In recent years the walk-up real-estate along the 16mile corridor has become nominally impressive with many new businesses being built that are easily accessible from the sidewalks. And we ...
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by on December 18, 2017
Source: Steven Pedigo & Aria Bendix @ governing.com — It's no secret that #Millennials are seen as essential for urban prosperity. In October, a Politico survey of American mayors found that 85% of mayors considered attracting this desirable demographic one of their top 10 priorities. Nearly half of those surveyed identified cultural amenities as their cities' most important selling point, but the vast majority said the biggest obstacle to attracting and retaining millennials was a lack...
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by on December 17, 2017
TROY — Set to officially begin in the winter of 2018, the John R Reconstruction project will be widening the road and adding much-needed sidewalks to both sides of the corridor. :thumbsup: The John R Reconstruction project limits extend from the north side of the Long Lake Road intersection to the M-59 bridge over John R Road just north of South Boulevard. All side street approaches & easements within these limits will be included in the reconstruction. The estimated construction cost i...
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by on December 4, 2017
TROY — Source: Troy Police Department — Just the other day Officer Morgan, Officer Venier, Sgt. Bragg and Gobler, responded to VanCourtland and Robinwood on a report of a 5 year old boy who got his foot stuck in his new bicycle while out on an excursion with his mother and siblings. Extensive efforts were made to free the boy's foot, with no success. The Fire Department ultimately had to be called to the scene, and pneumatic tools were needed to free the young man. Unfortunately, the b...
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by on December 2, 2017
LANSING — Source: Ray Wilbur Capital News Service, petoskeynews.com — Michigan’s efforts to bring Chinese investment are reinvigorating manufacturing plants that have been vacant for years. During a trip there last year, Snyder signed agreements to promote trade and investment with Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Hubei, Guangdong and Zhejiang, as well as the city of Chongqing. The regions are known to have many key auto-companies, bicycle manufacturers, and related equipment suppliers, th...
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by on December 2, 2017
Smart Growth America (SGA) and the National Complete Streets Coalition recenly published their new policy grading framework and scoring system for Complete Streets methodology. Beginning in 2018, Smart Growth America will be using this revised policy grading framework to analyze and rank Complete Streets policies. The changes come after the SGA committee voted to approve the framework in 2017. For months a group of national stakeholders, consisting of engineers, planners, researchers, an...
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by on November 29, 2017
TROY — Source: Kurt Bovensiep, Troy's Public Works Director — Thank you to everyone that participated in the productive meeting earlier this month. Alex Bellak and Ashely Levin have done a great job putting the information together that everyone detailed on the maps. Attached are heat maps of the neighborhood nodes and suggested pathways we discussed. I was very pleased to see that although we have a diverse group making up this committee that we all seem to have consensus on what is...
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by on November 28, 2017
U of M — The city of Troy received top marks for spurring entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a recent ranking by the University of Michigan – Dearborn’s Center for Innovative Research. Through data compiled by participating communities and public records, the U of M Dearborn iLabs eCities program examines factors that contribute to entrepreneurship, economic development and job growth.  The city of Troy was rated as a five-star community along with 183 other communities a...
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by on November 16, 2017
TROY — Opportunities for new pedestrian crossings at Wilshire & Big Beaver raise questions about the location's overall people-friendliness. The logical thing to do when developing a new city center is to provide folks with cool attractions and safe viable pathways for people to transit the landscape seamlessly on foot. Troy's New City Center development broke ground in the spring of 2017. The project site is centered around a 13-story 300,000 square foot office building; formerly known...
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