View of a housing permit document with a home blueprint, stamped "approved."

Pre-Permitted Housing Plans Can Combat Blight, Revive Neighborhoods

Faced with blighted neighborhoods where the cost of building a house would exceed its eventual market value, the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, streamlined the permitting process to help lower development costs.

February 14, 2024 - Strong Towns

A SEPTA R5 commuter train heading for Doylestown, Pennsylvania from Lansdale station.

States 'Switching Tracks' to Avoid Public Transit Fiscal Cliff

The influx of federal emergency money used to keep public transit operational during the COVID pandemic will end this year. States and transit agencies across the country are searching for alternative funding sources.

February 13, 2024 - The Center Square

Colorful streetcar on street in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

The Link Between Transit Access and Employment

Inadequate access to transportation hinders many Americans’ access to job opportunities.

February 12, 2024 - Capital News Service

Aerial view of three men using track chair mobility devices on lake beach in Michigan state park.

Michigan State Parks Make Headway on Accessibility

Among other efforts, the state parks system leads the nation in the number of track chairs, a mobility device designed to help people with mobility issues enjoy park trails and beaches.

January 2, 2024 - The Manchester Mirror

Green Detroit public transit electric bus with high-rise modenr building in background.

$817 Million Safe Streets Grants Include $25M for Detroit

The city plans to use the funds to make safety and accessibility improvements at bus stops.

December 19, 2023 - WDET

Three two-story houses on residential street in Detroit, Michigan. Center house appears abandoned.

Detroit Launches Duplex Repair Program

The grants will help landlords repair aging multifamily affordable housing.

November 3, 2023 - City of Detroit

Aerial view of Uniroyal Promenade site on East Riverfront in Detroit with wide paved walkway along river and shaded pavilion at left.

New Riverfront Promenade Opens in Detroit

The East Riverfront now provides 3.5 miles of contiguous parks and trails on the formerly industrial waterfront.

October 26, 2023 - Urbanize Detroit

View of Michigan State Capitol dome in Lansing, Michigan.

Proposed Michigan Law Would Establish Homeless ‘Bill of Rights’

The law would ban discrimination based on housing status and ensure more access to social services for unhoused residents.

October 11, 2023 - Governing

A sign for SMART Bus on a pole.

Suburban Detroit Achieves Long-Awaited Bus Service Expansion

Novi and Bloomfield Hills in Southeast Michigan will have transit service for the first time in 28 years.

September 13, 2023 - The Oakland Press

Construction in progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge above the Detroit River.

New International Bridge Rising Over the Detroit River

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is under construction, towering over the Detroit River at a height of 772 feet on the U.S. side of the river.

September 3, 2023 - Urbanize Detroit

A map of zoning codes in the Michigan city of Traverse City.

ADUs, Minimum Lot Sizes, and Quadplexes Under Discussion in Traverse City

Zoning changes for everything from housing density to minimum lot sizes are under consideration for a city on the shores of Lake Michigan.

August 29, 2023 - The Ticker

Michigan State Park

Michigan’s Draft Five-Year Transportation Plan Includes $10.9 Billion for Highway Projects

Michigan legislators are also considering $3.7 billion for the state’s Public Transportation Program over the next five years.

August 8, 2023 - WXYZ

View of blurry speeding cars on freeway at sunset

National Mileage Fee Pilot Program Late to Launch

EV sales are increasing–good news for the environment but bad news for road funding, as they pay no fuel taxes. Fortunately, the bipartisan infrastructure law has $125 million earmarked to "demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee."

June 29, 2023 - The Associated Press

Vacant grassy lot with some cemet debris in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Mayor Proposes Vacant Lot Tax

A new tax plan would reform the city’s famously low vacancy tax rates in an effort to stimulate more housing development and limit speculation.

June 11, 2023 - Urbanize Detroit

A vacant lot between two one-story brick buildings with graffiti in Detroit, Michigan

Proposed Land Value Tax Plan in Detroit

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan proposes hiking property taxes for vacant land and buildings while lowering the rate for occupied homes and businesses in a split tax plan he contends will resolve many of Detroit's blight and high property tax woes.

June 2, 2023 - The Detroit News

Rendering with map overlay of Southwest Greenway route

New Greenway Segment Opens in Detroit

Another part of the 27.5-mile Joe Louis Greenway made its debut in Corktown.

June 1, 2023 - Urbanize Detroit

Blue sign with white gas pump symbol with electric plug and "EV"

Plan for U.S.-Canada EV Corridor Announced

U.S. and Canadian officials revealed plans for an electric vehicle charging network that will connect Kalamazoo and Quebec City with EV chargers every 50 miles.

May 19, 2023 - Detroit Free Press

Lakefront homes in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Federal and State Dollars Could Be Used to Force Change in Exclusionary Towns

Strict zoning policies keep housing unaffordable. But there are strategies governments can implement to change exclusionary housing policies and promote the construction of more affordable housing.

May 17, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

Teal Detroit public bus

Detroit Transit Plan Would Improve Bus Frequencies

The proposal would also introduce bus rapid transit and increase service on the city’s busiest corridors.

April 26, 2023 - Detroit Free Press

A view of buses and cars on the streets of Downtown East Lansing.

East Lansing Parking Plan Aims for Walkability

East Lansing wants to ditch some of its surface parking to encourage economic activity and walkability.

April 20, 2023 - Spartan Newsroom

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