Networks Northwest


Placemaking in Michigan is a terrific resource for communities in northern Michigan to learn more about how the State of Michigan is approaching placemaking through its many different agencies and departments.   This site is also a great resource to see other placemaking implementation efforts throughout the state.  

The Economics of Place: The Value of building Communities Around People, a book by the Michigan Municipal League, focuses on creating dynamic, walkable, sustainable communities and regions where people want to live. The book describes the importance of place as an economic development strategy that will create a positive, dynamic future for Michigan.


Contact us if you have any suggestion for other placemaking resources we can link to on this site.

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    • Northern Michigan Placemaking Guidebook

      The Community Placemaking Guidebook, born out of the Growth and Investment Network of The Grand Vision, follows the tenets of New Designs for Growth and The Grand Vision. It offers critical approaches to creating and managing successful public spaces to empower local citizens and unique collaborative groups in communities across northwest lower Michigan.Read More

    • Guide to Neighborhood Placemaking in Chicago

      This guide is written for anyone who has a stake in the improvement of neighborhoods. It also is for people who will be managing and coordinating a placemaking process--it describes the process and steps for developing a placemaking program and engaging citizens from the beginning of the project through its final implementation.Read More

Website/download Resources

    • Project for Public Spaces

      Dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities, this placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. Read More

    • New Designs for Growth

      New Designs for Growth represents a collaboration of efforts promoting planning and development best practices that accommodate growth and maintain quality of life in Northwest Lower Michigan. Read More

    • The Grand Vision

      The Grand Vision is an ambitious, citizen-led vision for the future of land use, transportation, economic development and environmental stewardship across six counties in northwest lower Michigan. Read More

    • Placemaking Chicago

      Want to improve a public space in your community? Learn how to use the Placemaking process to make your neighborhood a better place. Explore great places, find community resources, use the step-by-step placemaking guide. Read More

    • Land Policy Institute

      A mission of MSU to resource policy makers with science-based tools and solutions that help build a better quality of life, strengthen the economy, and protect the environment in ways that are fair to all. Read More

    • Michigan Municipal League

      Through advocacy at the state and federal level, the Michigan Municipal League represents municipalities to help them sustain highly livable, desirable, and unique places within the state. Read More