MAP's publications explore planning in depth. Our new series, Smart Growth Tactics, covers a variety of topics related to land use planning and provides alternatives to existing land development regulations, that when implemented, demonstrate that development patterns other than sprawl can be achieved.
Smart Growth Tactics
Issue 1: Introduction
Read about Michigan MAP communities in the news and other planning and land use related articles.
Talking the Walk
A Good Read...
Read member Leslie Kettren's new book, "Talking the Walk."
...A Story About Community
Have you ever visited a town that you just knew was special? Maybe you weren’t even aware of why you felt that way—you just knew you never wanted to leave.
These special places always had a welcoming feel about them with their tree-lined streets, children playing on the sidewalk and neighbors sharing gossip on the front porch. I bet it even had a lovely little downtown
where shoppers could spend all day wandering around looking through the brightly decorated windows of the shops there. You didn’t need a car to get around, your feet worked just fine, and after all, what would be the sense of driving when everything was so close? While it seems that in this day and age towns like this can only be found on television, there are still places in this world where they exist.
Questions for the author? Email Leslie.Read more