Things in Michigan have changed a lot since Let’s Save Michigan began. We launched in 2009 as an initiative to support the revitalization and success of our cities and state through educating, engaging, and empowering the public—especially around advocacy. We increased understanding around placemaking, and the ways in which strengthening our neighborhoods, public spaces, and cities can bolster our quality of life. We reached out to you to demand transportation alternatives and more complete streets. We engaged you in conversations around the arts and historic preservation and how they contribute to a city’s health.
Now it’s 2014, and while there’s still plenty more saving to do, it’s time to rethink our approach. Organizations like Transportation for Michigan (Trans4m) have come along to pick up the smart transportation reform drumbeat. Placemaking strategies have taken root throughout the state and continue to grow in popularity as economic development tools, and the demand for more livable, connected cities is now widespread.
We’ll be announcing a major transition at the end of this month for Let’s Save Michigan, and we’ll be using some blog space between now and then to recap some of our successes. Let’s Save Michigan is evolving, and we hope you’ll join our next phase.