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Combining a small-town feel and cosmopolitanism, Ann Arbor enjoys a national reputation for successful placemaking.

A working-class urban village enclosed within the city of Detroit, Hamtramck embraces immigrants, hipsters and artists.

Innovative retail, local foods, the arts and year-round lakefront activities contribute to Boyne City’s thriving downtown – and local economy.

Through Main Street support and grassroots neighborhood initiatives, Lansing is creating exciting places where people want to live, work and play. 

By successfully reimagining downtown neighborhoods, Detroit is attracting artists, entrepreneurs and out-of-town businesses.

Detroit skyline

The restoration of a historic Flint landmark played a critical role in rallying community support for developing the downtown area.

Recognized for innovative use of its downtown, Grand Rapids invests heavily in creating places that attract and retain talent. 

Vision, planning and hard work turned the declining Upper Peninsula mining town of Marquette into a thriving and inspirational community.

One of Michigan’s most popular port cities, Alpena draws on its rich maritime past to create a thriving downtown with international appeal.

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Building a stronger Michigan together
What defines a community? It’s the common ground where people gather –from housing, streets and plazas to parks, green spaces and waterfronts. We believe that by revitalizing communities and rebuilding neighborhoods, we can strengthen the entire state. Together with our many partners, we invest in Michigan communities to enhance the quality of life of our residents – and to attract and retain businesses, entrepreneurs and workers throughout the state. Read more

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The ULI Hines Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five...