Metro Detroit Planners 

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) introduced an event series in Metro Detroit in 2010, initially referred to as Breakfast | Beverages | Bright Ideas | Books (BBB) WHICH HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO THE METRO DETROIT PLANNERS SECTION!

We ran events quarterly, highlighting planning and development in Metro Detroit with neighborhood walking tours (Liv-6, Grandmont Rosedale, Detroit-Grosse Pointe Border to Border, Jefferson East and many more); panel discussions (Midtown Detroit development, Community Development Organizations, and cross jurisdictional planning); historic building tours (Masonic Temple, the Guardian Building, Michigan Central Station); summer and winter holiday planners’ gatherings (Fowling! Feather bowling! Southern Fires! Mt. Elliot Park!); and our MAP Reads Book Group. For nearly a decade we delivered opportunities for Metro Detroit Planners to network, learn, and immerse themselves in the exciting renaissance of Michigan’s premier city.

This events program solidified into a more organized initiative with the establishment of the Metro Detroit Planners (MDP) in 2019. We created a steering committee, developed subcommittees to take on events and professional development, and established a schedule of events for 2020. COVID thwarted our events program that year, but we reconvened throughout 2021, and are ready once again to launch a range of events that will bring together Metro Detroit Planners.

Upcoming Events

 Hammer and Nail Bar

Planners Night Out (PNO) was established in the 1980’s by city planners in the Metro Detroit area to gather informally, share stories, network, and imbibe. It is now part of the Metro Detroit Planners Section events series. And after a two year COVID hiatus, we are meeting again

 Avenue of Fashion Logo


The Avenue of Fashion is the largest black-owned business district in the United States, nestled amongst some of Detroit’s most prominent neighborhoods, it has benefitted from focused planning and development efforts in recent years.  The Livernois Avenue streetscape represents a structural movement in mobility and economic development. Learn about the streetscape improvements and how they have helped to support the growth of existing businesses and attracted new businesses to the corridor, while establishing mobility, a pedestrian friendly environment, access, parking, and the overall beautification of the Livernois Corridor.

Earn 1.5 AICP CM Credit for Walking Tour 




Summer Gathering
July 20 | 6 to 9 PM
Chandler Park | Detroit
Our Annual MAP Summer Gatherings have been some of our most popular, attracting planners and friends of planning for an evening of camaraderie, fun and networking.  More details coming soon!

Stack of Books by Austin Kirk

MAP Reads | August 24 | 6 to 8 PM
Stay tuned for details about the title and location.


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