In MI Downtown - Durand Goes Edible
Inspired by European villages and a college sustainability course, city leaders in Durand, Michigan replaced a portion of its annual flower plantings with edible landscaping. What grew from that is a remarkable mix of community pride and full tummies! Learn from key contributors what happened and how edible landscaping is flourishing in Downtown Durand.
December 06, 2021
In MI Downtown - Getting Social in Muskegon
Downtown Muskegon's lakeside location comes with the added benefit of excess sand. Learn from the DDA's Dave Alexander what they've done to capture this resource and convert it into a fun community resource. And, did you say social district? See what happens when you mix sand and a watering hole.
September 07, 2021
In MI Downtown - Getting Fresh in Downtown Alpena
The presence of public art can really make a downtown shine! Learn from Anne Gentry, Executive Director of the Alpena DDA, how its public art initiative called Fresh Waves has deepened Alpena's connection to its important waterfront location. And, find out how its approach is yielding results that will have a lasting impact on walkability and creative placemaking.
July 28, 2021
In MI Downtown - Devastating Fire in Downtown Calumet
Starting on Friday, May 21, 2021, and through the night, a devastating fire tore through a block of Downtown Calumet, leaving in its wake three unsalvageable buildings. Learn from Village Manager Caleb Katz, how the spirit of Copper Country is contributing to relief efforts and what is the potential for redevelopment of this high-visibility location.
June 28, 2021
In My Downtown - Pick It Up! from Flint Township
Clean, safe and attractive are adjectives that describe the bones of a great downtown. Learn how Flint Township combined basic maintenance activities with community pride in this initiative to clean up its commercial, recreational and residential areas. Tracey Tucker, Economic Enhancement DIrector, discusses how township citizens and partners decided to make a difference through Clean-Up Saturdays.
May 25, 2021
In MI Downtown - The Luminarias of Southwest Detroit
When the Southwest Detroit Business Association set out to assist local restaurants survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opportunity to capitalize on branding and cultural expression emerged. Hear from SDBA Vice-President Jennifer Gomez how the effort evolved from the ordinary to the extraordinary by blending an emergent need with creativity and partnerships.
March 30, 2021
In MI Downtown - Lapeer's Pocket Park
When a disastrous fire claimed a mid-block building in Downtown Lapeer, the community and the DDA went to work to dream up what could become of this new-found space. The creation of a pocket park fit the bill. Learn from James Alt, Lapeer DDA Director, how this phoenix rose from the ashes!
March 11, 2021
In MI Downtown - Downtown Charlevoix's CoWorking Space
When the Charlevoix library identified a need for co-working space, DDA Director Lindsey Dotson wasted no time in engaging in the conversation. Learn how community discussions led to the launch of The Vault.
February 09, 2021
In MI Downtown - Public Art Blueprint Part II
Welcome to In MI Downtown, where you can learn about unique, impactful projects happening in downtowns all over the State of Michigan. In MI Downtown is a production of the Michigan Downtown Association. In this episode, learn how the Farmington Downtown Development Authority utilized its Public Art Blueprint to jumpstart the presence of public art in the downtown district. This podcast is hosted by Annette Knowles, MDA board member with special guest Kate Knight, Executive Director the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. Thank you, Kate, for sharing your story!
January 12, 2021
In MI Downtown - Public Art Blueprint
Welcome to In MI Downtown, where you can learn about unique, impactful projects happening in downtowns all over the State of Michigan. In MI Downtown is a production of the Michigan Downtown Association. In this first episode ever, learn how the Farmington Downtown Development Authority created a plan to increase the presence of public art in its downtown. This podcast is co-hosted by Annette Knowles, former Executive Director of the Farmington DDA, with help from Mackenzie Swanson. Thank you for keeping it on track, Mackenzie!
December 10, 2020