“For the Love of Cities” author selected to lead placemaking workshop

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins describes the reason for the recent peacemaking efforts in downtown East Lansing. EAST LANSING – The East Lansing Community and Economic Development office enlisted a lover of cities to lead their upcoming placemaking workshop April 22. Community and Economic Development Administrator Lori Mullins contacted Peter Kageyama last fall. Kageyama said that she had heard him speak and wanted to find a way to bring him to East Lansing. Kageyama is the author of “For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places” and “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places,” and hosted a TEDx talk on how to build a relationship with one’s city in 2011.

'Placemaking' pushed to propel home sales

By JENNIFER CHEN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Appealing plazas, thriving shops and convenient transportation may play a crucial role to increase home sales, according to the Michigan Association of Realtors. The association cites Gov. Rick Snyder’s “placemaking” policy as a way to improve the housing market. Mike Nowlin, senior public relations and policy manager at Pace & Partners Inc., said, Snyder embraced placemaking as part of Michigan’s agenda to attract and retain talent, entrepreneurs and businesses. Nowlin said powerful collaborative efforts are underway to achieve the state’s placemaking objectives. Association President Beth Foley said.