Smart Citizens

Coal Tar Pavement Sealant Bans Discussed at Stormwater Summit

November 5th 2017

Coal Tar Pavement Sealant Bans Discussed at Stormwater Summit (Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 5, 2017) Southfield, MI – In Oakland County only two municipalities ban coal-tar based pavement sealants – Wolverine Lake and West Bloomfield Township. Eric Diesing of the Clinton River Watershed Council and Rebecca Esselman of Huron River Watershed Council hope to change […]

Key to Success in Rain Garden & Native Landscape Design for Cities

October 23rd 2017

The Key to Success in Rain Garden and Native Landscape Design for Cities (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 23, 2017) Southfield, MI – Many communities are embracing the idea of using natural, native landscaping as a way to both beautiful their public spaces and to help reduce storm water related issues such as flooding. But what […]

MML#7 – Communities of all Kinds Facing Middle Housing Issues

April 17th 2017

MML#7 – Communities of all Kinds Facing Middle Housing Issues (C. Proxmire, April 17, 2017) Lansing, MI – Access to housing is not just an issue that affects low income people.  In fact, all across Michigan communities of all types are struggling with a lack of diverse housing options.  The aging population, as well as […]

MML#6 – The Future of DDA and TIF Funding

April 13th 2017

MML#6 – The Future of DDA and TIF Funding (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 13, 2017) Lansing, MI – There are 640 TIF Authorities through the state, and sometimes their value gets questioned when budgets get tight.  As the Michigan Legislature discusses potential change to the Downtown Development Authority Act and other Tax Increment Funding (TIF) […]

MML#5 – Are Cities Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles?

April 2nd 2017

MML#5 – Are Cities Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles? (Crystal A. Proxmire, April 1, 2017) Lansing, MI – There are two statistics that stood out in the presentation about autonomous vehicles at the Michigan Municipal Conference in March. The first is that 94% of auto accidents are caused by human error. The second is that the […]

MML#4 – Wireless Antennas and Poles in Public Rights of Way

March 27th 2017

MML#4 – Wireless Antennas and Poles in Public Rights of Way (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2017) Lansing, MI – With expanding needs for wireless services comes expanded need for the infrastructure to support it.  Smart phones, smart cars, wireless devices etc. only work if there are towers and supporting antennas to give them data […]

MML#2 – How Changes in DC Impact Local Governments

March 24th 2017

MML#2 – How Changes in DC Impact Local Governments (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 24, 2017) Lansing, MI – Local elected officials of all political persuasions need to be in tune with decisions made at the state and national level.  That’s why the Michigan Municipal League included a panel discussion called “The Changing Landscape in Washington […]

MML#1 – Working Towards Complete Streets

March 23rd 2017

MML#1 – Working Towards Complete Streets (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 21, 2017) Lansing, MI – Civic leaders came together Tuesday to learn about topics important to local governments including “Complete Streets.” Representatives of Ferndale, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo sat on a Michigan Municipal League’s Capitol Conference panel Tuesday to share what successes their communities have […]

Students Learn about their Rights

March 22nd 2017

Students Learn about their Rights (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 22, 2017) Ferndale, MI – Can a principal strip search a student if they believe they have drugs on them?  Can a student flip off a teacher at a restaurant?  Can a school censor items in the student-run school paper? These and many other issues were […]

MML #6 – State Helps Communities Become Redevelopment Ready

September 29th 2016

–MML #6 – State Helps Communities Become Redevelopment Ready (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 29, 2016) Mackinac Island, MI – Change in communities happens in one of two ways, either with thoughtful planning or by chaos.  Across the state there are communities on the cusp of recovering from the recession of the past decade, and those […]