Webinar: Michigan’s Moving . . . on Foot! How the Rise of Walkability Impacts Revitalization Efforts

Date: July 30, 2015
Location: Online

Time: noon-12:45 p.m.
Registration: Register Online

RemakeBreak is a free, monthly, Michigan-focused, lunchtime webinar series by the Center for Community Progress. It features bite-sized, 45-minute webinars that are designed to connect attendees to the research, ideas, and success stories that inform work being done on problem properties and community development. Mark your calendar: RemakeBreak will take place from noon-12:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.

The first webinar in the series takes place on Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 and will focus on “Michigan’s Moving . . . on Foot! How the Rise of Walkability Impacts Revitalization Efforts.” The LOCUS, an initiative of Smart Growth America, recently released The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros, and the findings are too striking to ignore: 22% of all new income property development is located in the 2.7% of land that is walkable urban, up from 12% in 2001-2008. But only 8% of housing is located in these places. The report looks at Detroit-Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, and Flint. Patrick Lynch, one of the report’s lead authors and researchers, will walk ateendees through The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metro’s findings. What this shift in development trends might mean for efforts to stabilize and revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Michigan communities will be explored.