What We’re For
Michigan can emerge from the current downturn stronger, more livable, and more likely to withstand future economic crises—but only if we convince our elected officials to put the right policies in place. To save Michigan, we must come together and fight for smart redevelopment and a rededication to our cities. Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, and other struggling cities shouldn’t be abandoned to sprawl and blight. They should be transformed into centers for culture and innovation to attract a talented workforce and tomorrow’s growth industries.
“The point of cities is multiplicity of choice,” Jane Jacobs once wrote. We completely agree. Downtowns should be dynamic hubs where jobs, stores, restaurants, and other amenities are all within walking distance. Through sustainable urban planning and careful tax-incentive programs, we can carve out vibrant neighborhoods in Michigan’s city centers, attracting a diverse mix of businesses and residents. Urge your state and local officials to support mixed-use buildings, people-centric zoning policies, and tax incentives for investing in cities.
We want to foster more livable cities through the development of alternative modes of transportation. As we work to resurrect our cities and streets, we must keep pedestrians and cyclists in mind. Urban neighborhoods are best experienced from the sidewalk, among the people, at ground level. Demand that your elected officials endorse public-transportation solutions, bicycle-friendly roads, and pedestrian-friendly open areas.
The state must dedicate itself to improving and maintaining quality of life for all residents. Funding for parks, public services, and the arts isn’t a luxury—it’s critical to the health of our cities and our state, and every Michigan resident’s future. We must be mindful of fiscal realities, but we must not allow our cities to be stripped of their unique character. Insist that your legislators embrace policies that support museums, restaurants, bars, libraries, and performance spaces—the lifeblood of vibrant cities
By changing its approach to its cities, Michigan can attract and keep a dynamic workforce that will carry the state through the end of the 21st century—and beyond.
Won’t you join our fight?