Boardwalk in Frankfort at Lake Michigan Summer 2013 Photo by Michigan Municipal League
The Michigan Municipal League represents Michigan's cities and villages and is constantly visiting them. Here are some photos of a recent visit to the beautiful village of Frankfort, Michigan, on Lake Michigan in Benzie County. With its public beach and lighthouse, vast array of restaurants, stores, shops and parks, Frankfort is an excellent example of a walkable community (www.mml.org/resources/21c3/walkability.html), with a mix of businesses (www.mml.org/resources/21c3/entrepreneurship.html) and cultural economic development (www.mml.org/resources/21c3/econ_development.html) and activities for people of all ages. These are all characteristics the League has identified as making up vibrant communities. The League believes that Michigan’s cities are vital to the state’s economic turnaround. Learn more at mml.org and mml.org/placemaking. For more about placemaking go to placemaking.mml.org: placemaking.mml.org. You can also visit a placemaking blog by League CEO Dan Gilmartin called www.economicsofplace.com/. In addition, the League’s 2012 Convention taking place in October on Mackinac Island will focus on how Michigan communities of all shapes and sizes can implement placemaking assets. It’s easier than you may think. The League's 2013 Convention in September in Detroit will bring in speakers and communities making place happen. Find out more at convention.mml.org.