Wyckoff presented on placemaking for quality places at 2017 Oakland Heritage Conference

Mark Wyckoff, interim director of the MSU Land Policy Institute, gave the opening address on “Placemaking for Quality Places” on Sept. 15 at the Heritage Conference 2017 kickoff in South Lyon.

October 5, 2017 - Author: Mark Wyckoff

Photo of Mark Wyckoff.
Mark Wyckoff, interim director of the Land Policy Institute.

The (under restoration) historic Lyon Theater in downtown South Lyon was the venue for the Heritage Conference 2017 kickoff on Sept. 15. This was the 20th Annual Oakland County Conference on Making Places, which was hosted by the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

Mark Wyckoff, interim director of the MSU Land Policy Institute, gave the opening address on “Placemaking for Quality Places.” He described the characteristics of a wide variety of quality places and how communities can use different placemaking techniques to create or expand quality places—especially in downtowns.

He joined attendees at several of the following sessions, including a Downtown Walking Tour of South Lyon conducted by Robert Donohue Jr, director of the Downtown Development Authority, who pointed out numerous new placemaking and development opportunities.

John Bry, Oakland County Main Street Program coordinator, spoke about how historic cemeteries and places of worship are not often viewed as anchors of a community’s development, but that mindset is changing, as mentioned in Wyckoff’s presentation. Bry spoke from inside the sanctuary of the historic First Presbyterian Church of South Lyon.

To learn more about placemaking and quality places, order a free copy of LPI’s guidebook at: Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool.

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