LPI’s John Warbach shared placemaking expertise at the 2013 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Last month, the Local Government Commission hosted the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, MO.

John Warbach, PhD, Associate Director of the MSU Land Policy Institute

Last month, the Local Government Commission hosted the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, MO. This multi-disciplinary event highlighted cutting-edge smart-growth issues and featured the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful case studies, new partners, new projects, and new policies.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, John Warbach, Ph.D., the MSU Land Policy Institute's associate director of faculty research development, participated in a panel discussion at the afternoon session on “Placemaking in Michigan: Starting the Economic Development Engine.” During his talk he outlined changes occurring in the demand for housing and neighborhoods. Dr. Warbach then shared preliminary results from LPI’s Rebuilding Prosperous Places Initiative, including responses from a national placemaking survey with the goal to better understand what people want in their neighborhoods nationwide; a Midwest survey about neighborhood and home features with the goal to understand how Midwest cities are designed, and whether people like their neighborhoods; and whether “place” amenities impact property values through a hedonic analysis of the relationship between placemaking elements and home prices in 11 Midwest cities. The latter included six cities in Michigan, with the goal of studying how walkability to businesses, parks and other place features affect the value of residential properties. 

Other panelists included:

  • Jamie Schriner-Hooper, Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan; and
  • James Tischler, Director of Community Development at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
  • Hannah McKinney, Vice-Mayor of the City of Kalamazoo.

This session was moderated by Gil White, real estate agent and private sector consultant.

Download Warbach’s presentation: Placemaking in Michigan. Be sure to check out this related LPI study:

  • Building Prosperous Places in Michigan: Understanding the Values of, Perceptions of and Barriers to Placemaking - Full Report, Part I, Part II and Part III; and

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