Smart Citizens

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 […]

MML #4 – How Crowdfunding Builds Community with Patronicity

September 23rd 2016

MML #4 – How Crowdfunding Builds Community with Patronicity (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 23, 2016) Mackinaw Island, MI – “When most people think of cities, they think of buildings, streets and cars. But when I think of cities I think of people… Where people go and where people meet is at the core of community,” […]

MML#3 – Cities and Civic Tech, How Local Governments Serve Residents Online

September 20th 2016

MML#3 – Cities and Civic Tech, How Local Governments Serve Residents Online (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 18, 2016) Mackinaw Island, MI – Cities vary on how much effort they put into their websites, apps, social media, and online presence.  Yet clearly the internet is important to residents and those wishing to do business.  How can […]

MML#2 – Cities Facing Increasing Lawsuits over Fees

September 17th 2016

MML#2 – Cities Facing Increasing Lawsuits over Fees (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 18, 2016) Mackinaw Island, MI – Class action lawsuits against municipalities are becoming more common, particularly those over water and sewer billing. Litigation attorney Soni Mithani, a Principal at Miller Canfield in Ann Arbor, took time to educate officials about these types of […]

MML #1: From Pork to Pollination, Best Ways to Support Local Development

September 15th 2016

MML #1: From Pork to Pollination, Best Ways to Support Local Development (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 15, 2016) Mackinac Island, MI – Development professionals often use the phrase “attract and retain businesses” as their main job functions. But economist and author Michael Shuman is determined to change that. “You cannot attract a local business,” Shuman […]

Guest Column: The Value of Street Trees

July 15th 2016

Guest Column: The Value of Street Trees (Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, July 15, 2016) Trees are an indispensable component of good neighborhoods. When the right species are planted in the right place and cared for properly, many benefits are realized. Street trees soften hardscapes, buffer pedestrians from moving vehicles, and create “outdoor rooms” that […]

Southfield Using Cured in Place Pipe to Replace Old Water Mains, Minimize Cost & Disruption

June 7th 2016

Southfield Using Cured in Place Pipe to Replace Old Water Mains, Minimize Cost & Disruption (Crystal A. Proxmire, May 16, 2016) Southfield, MI – With the costs of failing infrastructure and matters of public health on the minds of municipal leaders, communities are on the lookout for solutions to water system issues such as deteriorating […]