(Adapted from MML Press Release, Ferndale 115 News, May 21, 2012)
May 17, 2012 – It’s About Place, a contest sponsored by Let’s Save Michigan, attracted 46 participants from around the state who want to transform their communities through “placemaking” projects—investments in public spaces for community use. The winning participants will receive funding of up to $2,000 to build the projects they designed.
The contest, open to all Michigan residents, organizations, and municipal agencies, asked participants to create a design for revitalizing a currently underutilized public space and turning it into a welcoming, vibrant public place.
“We are thrilled with the quality, diversity, and creativity of the entries,” said Sarah Szurpicki, project coordinator of Let’s Save Michigan. “I think we’re proving a point that Michiganders in cities of all sizes are desperate for this type of place-based investment in their communities. Residents in cities as different from each other as Detroit, Okemos, and Sault Ste. Marie are all eager to nurture more dynamic public spaces.”
Currently, the public is invited to vote for projects online at http://www.letssavemichigan.
The Ferndale DDA has requested funding to enhance the pedestrian walkway near the Community Arts Building. http://letssavemichigan.com/placemaking-contest/entry/south-9-pedestrian-alley-improvement/. The Hazel Park Public Library Friends Group also has a project in the works, which would create a cozy public space on E. 9 Mile. http://letssavemichigan.com/placemaking-contest/entry/hazel-park-library-friends-plaza/.
To browse the 46 entries from 28 different communities, visit: http://letssavemichigan.com/
**Let’s Save Michigan is a citizen engagement and advocacy effort that promotes smart policies to build a restored Michigan—a state with good jobs, vibrant cities, accessible transportation, and first-rate cultural centers.