The administration of Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder launched a program in April that ties placemaking to economic development and has the potential for far-reaching impact. The MIplace Initiative uses the mixed-use neighborhood as a development model, according to James Tischler, of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The program has education, implementation, and policy aspects, and officials want to marshal “A significant amount of state, regional, local and private resources ... to make significant physical change in a relatively short period of time (such as 2-6 years).” See June BCT issue and article.
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