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This episode features cool places and downtowns in Michigan and makes sense of the term “placemaking.”

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introductionIntroduction by Brittney Hoszkiew, Executive Director of Old Town Commercial Association

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Welcome to Old Town, Lansing – a bright community in Lansing that is the center of many popular festivals and also the location this episode is hosted from.

segment1Michigan Places

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Michigan is made of excellent places and downtowns, friendly people, innovative ideas and a bright future. Let us prove it.

Economics-of-PlaceThe 411 with Dan Gilmartin, Lansing

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Dan Gilmartin is the CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. Find out what “placemaking” is and hear about the book Economics of Place.

4Niles Main Street, Niles

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Featuring Niles Main Street and local Niles businesses Veni’s Sweet ShopRed Purl and The Paris Soda Shop & Restaurant.

SpiralCollectiveMidtown Detroit, Detroit

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Featuring Midtown residents, Midtown Detroit, Inc. and local businesses Goodwell’s Natural Foods Market, Avalon International Breads and the Spiral Collective.

segment5Main Street Calumet, Calumet

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Featuring Main Street Calumet and local businesses 5th & Elm Coffee House, Hahn Hammered Copper and Gallerie Bohème.

segment6Lansing First Fridays, Lansing

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Featuring Lansing First FridaysPower OnGrand Traverse Pie CompanyHager Fox Heating & CoolingRethreadsCosi and Sparty’s Sundae.

brittneyConclusion by Brittney Hoszkiw

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Episode ending, credits and outtakes.

Bonus: How to Engage Volunteers Downtown

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From the 2011 Michigan Downtown Conference, a 15 minute presentation by Jamie Shriner-Hooper “How to Engage Volunteers to Get Stuff Done Downtown” and a 10 minute selection from the same presentation with Eric Lupher from Citizens Research Council of Michigan.