In the News

Bay City’s Pere Marquette Depot spotlighted in e-zine

Bay City Times, April 4, 2013
A downtown landmark was featured in a website advocating the preservation of Michigan historical sites.  Let’s Save Michigan this week spotlighted the Pere Marquette Depot, built in the early 20th century by the Pere Marquette Railroad Company.

Wyandotte Downtown Pocket Park is Finalist

The News-Herald, June 24, 2012
Let’s Save Michigan’s “It’s About Place” contest recently wrapped up the public phase of online voting and a proposal for a downtown pocket park is one of 10 finalists now going to a panel to determine the winners.

Flint Riverbank Park Revival Project Makes Finals in Let’s Save Michigan contest

Mlive, June 8, 2012
Several cities have their ideas to boost Michigan’s economy and wellness of life, and this week, planners in Flint were chosen as one of ten that still have a chance to win cash to put toward their projects.

Wyandotte Pocket Park Reaches Finals

Metromode Media, June 7, 2012
The city of Wyandotte’s proposal to turn an unused, unattractive passageway in the central business district into a pocket park where people, activity and art will come together is a finalist in the Let’s Save Michigan It’s About Place contest.

Downtown Alley Project Makes the Grade

Saline Patch, June 7, 2012
After a top-10 finish in the Let’s Save Michigan placemaking contest, Saline’s “Alley Project” remains in the running for up to $2,000 in grants.

Hartland Project Makes Top Ten

Hartland Patch, June 7, 2012
Hartland’s gathering place, with 1,184 votes, is a finalist in Let’s Save Michigan contest.

YPSILANTI: Local business owner starts CityFARM to encourage urban farming

The Ypsilanti Courier, May 25, 2012
To help fund the Adams Street Farm, CityFARM has entered into the It’s About Place contest sponsored by Let’s Save Michigan to win $2,000.

MC Historical society looking to turn cement to art

The Voice, May 25, 2012
The Historical Society of Marine City has grabbed at the opportunity to turn a seven-foot-high cement eyesore into a welcoming landmark for visitors.  It takes the form of grants made available by Lets Save Michigan in a competition called “It’s About Place.”

City vies for project funding

Daily Press, May 23, 2012
The city of Manistique is in the running to receive funding for up to $2,000 for part of the city’s “Walk Manistique” sign project.

Local Spots Involved in “Let’s Save Michigan” Project (with video)

Fox 47 News, May 23, 2012
Those with the highest votes will receive up to two thousand dollars to reinvigorate areas. Five of them are in mid-Michigan.

Ferndale Pedestrian Alley Entered in Contest

Ferndale Patch, May 22, 2012
The South 9 Pedestrian Alley project would bring an accessible drinking fountain, landscaping, benches and art to the 20-foot-wide alley.

Ferndale and HP Among 46 Projects from 28 Cities

Ferndale 115 News, May 22, 2012
It’s About Place, a contest sponsored by Let’s Save Michigan, attracted 46 participants from around the state who want to transform their communities through “placemaking” projects—investments in public spaces for community use. The winning participants will receive funding of up to $2,000 to build the projects they designed.

Lake Odessa, Portland Take Part in Michigan Contest

Sentinel-Standard, May 21, 2012
The South 9 Pedestrian Alley project would bring an accessible drinking fountain, landscaping, benches and art to the 20-foot-wide alley.

Flint Riverbank Park, New Life Community Garden

Flint Journal, May 18, 2012
If Flint participants in a statewide contest have their way, Genesee County will win a share of $4,000 toward rejuvenating Riverbank Park and building a garden for families to safely get healthy food.

Let’s Save Michigan ‘It’s About Place’ Contest Inspires Creative Placemaking Plans for Detroit

Huffington Post Detroit, May 18, 2012
The contest is sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League’s Let’s Save Michigan program, which focuses on supporting the state’s cities through revitalization efforts and policy advocacy.

Vote for which Grands Rapids-Area Places Could ‘Save Michigan

Mlive, May 18, 2012
A plan to house walk-up diners in converted shipping containers on a vacant lot at Wealthy Street and Fuller Avenue SE is among 46 projects vying for funding from Let’s Save Michigan in an online vote that ends June 1.

Kalamazoo Community Resource Shed Needs Votes

Mlive, May 17, 2012
Kalamazoo’s Community Garden Resource Shed is in the running among 46 other Michigan projects vying to earn prize money for turning an underutilized space into a project benefiting the community.  People can vote for the shed in the “It’s About Place” contest sponsored by citizen engagement and advocacy group Let’s Save Michigan until June 1.

Vote for Project Finalists in Let’s Save Michigan Contest

Model D, May 15, 2012
Click on the thumbnails to view the project details, read any comments, and cast your vote.

‘It’s About Place’ Contest (with audio)

Michigan Now, March 29, 2012
First of all, what is placemaking? Sounds fake doesn’t it? Urban planners and some city officials will tell you that Michigan needs placemaking. Car culture damaged the places that grew up organically. So, groups like the Michigan Municipal League try to undo the damage.

Transportation in the state and the role it plays in Michigan’s future economic prosperity (radio interview)

The Prosperity Agenda on News/Talk 760 WJR, November 27, 2011
Sarah discusses how transportation is an essential piece in revitalizing Michigan communities and revitalizing Michigan communities is a key component of turning around the state as a whole. Having a strong public transit system is a great way to retain and attract a young, college educated workforce.

Promote Cities, and the State can Surge

Detroit Free Press, February 14, 2010
The goal of “Let’s Save Michigan,” which started on Labor Day, is to encourage people to get involved and promote our cities so the state can prosper again.

Q&A: Sean Mann on Saving Michigan

Time Magazine Detroit Project, February 10, 2010
“We’ve lost a million jobs in the past decade and half of Michigan’s college graduates are leaving the state within a year of graduating. It’s time to rethink what we are doing in Michigan and what we want our state to be.”