If you only take one idea away from this post, make it this: Subscribe to the Strong Towns newsletter. It inspired this post on our blog last fall about how planners can accommodate older residents. Today it prompts us to write about traffic congestion. This essay gives two reasons why the American approach to congestion […]
“Rental rates are out of reach for Michigan residents,” said a June 13 Community and Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) news release reporting the results of a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The report says that the market rate for a two-bedroom apartment in Michigan is $876 a month […]
By Megan Masson-Minock, AICP The Michigan Municipal League has contracted with Carlisle/Wortman Associates to help the city of Ferndale develop a food-based campus on vacant industrially-zoned land on the east side of the city. The study’s funds come from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Project specifications: Analyze the space and usage gaps/demand of Ferndale’s existing […]
Ann Arbor Township and Washtenaw County shared SEMCOG’s Regional Showcase Award for connecting two regional trails to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Carlisle/Wortman Associates’ planners routinely train officials around Michigan, both for the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and for specific communities.
Excerpted from our glossary of planning terms, which is free to our clients.
What will stop sprawl? Changing tastes and demographic demand are pulling people, especially the young and old, back into close-in, urban centers says Dick Carlisle.
By Sally Elmiger and Laura Kreps Using green infrastructure or low impact development (LID) solutions for stormwater in developed areas has long been considered too difficult and expensive to implement. However, the EPA has put together a guidebook describing 12 case studies that show local governments, developers, and other stakeholders what is possible and how […]
In a keynote address to the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, Dick Carlisle of Carlisle/Wortman Associates reinforced the importance bringing conservation to urban communities.
Planners talk about creating a sense of place. Local governments want development that is consistent with the community character. Developers want successful projects and shorter timelines. Our master plans and zoning ordinances call for high quality development, context-sensitive design, compatible building types and land uses and unifying streetscape elements. But what does that look like? […]