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July 24, 2014 | Brad Neumann | It may seem counterintuitive, but cars are needed to make most walkable urban retail environments successful. The key is how communities manage those cars to enhance the pedestrian experience and support business activity.
July 23, 2014 | Mary Bohling | The city of Detroit and the Detroit River have experienced a great deal of environmental change in the last 313 years. Then, like now, it’s impassioned citizens and groups that work to help make the city and the river great.
July 23, 2014 | Terry McLean | A mid-summer dry period and moderate temperatures in the past week has assisted fruit set and sizing in vegetable crops in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens.
July 23, 2014 | Terry Gibb | In the August primary, Michigan voters will be asked to decide on Proposal 1 of 2014 that repeals the business personal property tax and direct part of the current state use tax monies to reimburse communities.
July 23, 2014 | Richard Wooten | University students can play important roles for urban non-profit organizations.
July 22, 2014 | Elaine M. Bush | Protect your skin, eyes and immune system from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays not only during the summer but year round.
July 22, 2014 | Brad Neumann | With rainfall intensification predicted in the Midwest, a new checklist guides communities in developing policies and standards to improve flood resilience.
July 21, 2014 | Kendra Wills | County fair animal auctions provide opportunities for chefs to purchase local beef, chicken, rabbit, pork and lamb while supporting youth.
July 21, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Zoning can be written, or prepared, several different ways. Most common is to think of zoning as traditional, conventional, performance-based, form-based or a mix of each of these.
July 21, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | There is no state oversight of planning and zoning. There is no statewide library of all master plans and zoning ordinances. Thus, trying to find out who has zoning, and what it covers, and what type of regulations exist is very difficult.
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Date: Jul 27, 2014 - Aug 2, 2014
Location: Camp Chickagami, 6952 Kauffman Blvd., Presque Isle, MI 49777
Date: Jul 28, 2014 - Aug 1, 2014
Location: Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center, White Lake Road, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386
Date: Jul 29, 2014
Location: Treetops Resort Conference Center, 3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735
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