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Public Spaces Community Places Case Studies
Public Spaces Community Places collaborative efforts between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity have helped local residents use crowdfunding and grant matching to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities.
Read about the success that these projects have seen and how they have helped their communities thrive.
The Ruff & Tumble Dog Park in Niles transformed from a littered space along the St. Joseph River, to a cleared, maintained off-leash dog park. Read more about how this dog park project brought together 363 patrons and even visitors from Indiana.
Located in Downtown Adrian, the Croswell Opera House is the oldest theater in Michigan and one of the oldest operating theaters in the U.S. Learn how this historic building is able to thrive with a newly crowdfunded community gathering space.
This Ypsilanti year-round indoor-outdoor permanent market has become a community events space, small business incubator, and year round market space. Read how the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace project has allowed local farmers to expand year round production and revenue.
The Popps Emporium, located in the Detroit-Hamtramck area, is more than an art space. Read how a nonprofit's project from 2012 was able to become the communities resources for international art residencies, tool lending, children's camps, meeting space, and more.
The 6102 Art Park is a self-sustainable space for public art and communal gathering in the heart of Detroit's NW Goldberg neighborhood. Learn about how this project has impacted the art community, and brought neighbors together.
Detroit's Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum has served as the city's African culture diamond for nearly two decades. Read about the museum's crowdfunding efforts to expand their impact and transform rowhouses into accessible public gathering spaces.
The Huss Imaginarium project led by the Three Rivers nonprofit, *culture is not optional, was stemmed from a decommissioned vacant building that blossomed into a new incubator and exhibition space. Read how the community is utilizing the space while honoring the building's history.
In 2016 the community of Eaton Rapids came together to improve their quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Read how redeveloping the riverfront improved not only the quality of life, but water quality, the river ecosystem, and more.
In the heart of Depot Town in Ypsilanti sits Cultivate, a place for events, music, food, community gardens and more. Learn how the nonprofit's crowdfunding helped complete renovations to better impact the community.
Read how Bates Alley went from a blighted alley in Kalamazoo to becoming a popular community gathering spot, as well as an iconic, social media sharing, downtown destination. And learn how the Michigan Economic Development Corporation came to partner with Patronicity, after seeing a need to empower and cultivate communities across the state.