Tomorrow kicks off Traverse City’s Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market–come out and celebrate spring!
As PPS’s Benefits of Public Markets illustrates, the value of a farmer’s market goes far beyond buying carrots. In fact, it is one of the most successful ways to bring a community together.
The Downtown Development Authority oversees the farmer’s market and they recently hired the non-profit SEEDs to manage it-the mayor has a good description of the impact of this hire (Plan for TC).
- National walking survey-it only took me 3 minutes (America Walks)
- How Far Are You Willing to Walk? (Planetizen)
- Walkable grids and emergency vehicles-the standards need to change (MN Security Zone)
- Fixing sidewalk cracks-with color, yarn & imagination (Aesthetic of Joy) –> –>
- Curbs Officially Part of Highway–Responsibility Now Clear (MI Complete Streets)
- Planning for complexity–place-making in the codes (Place Shakers)
“We willingly pay thousands of dollars to travel long distances to soak in the ‘character’ of wonderful places. My wife intuitively knows that the shopping will rarely disappoint, and I know that these places are invigorating, inspiring and flat out illegal to build in my home town.“
- Most successful cities, have very limited parking (City Weekly-Salt Lake)
- How many uses can you think of for bubble wrap? (Atlantic).
- RT (BikeShopGirlcom) ”If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” -Henry David Thoreau
- RT(WalkableDFW) Walkable neighborhoods yield authentic places, outgrowths of the personalities within. Those are what create memorable experiences.
- RT (T4America) States complain about woeful condition of their transpo infrastructure, beg/plead for more federal $$, move to enact gas tax holidays. Hmm.
- RT (BikePortland ) We don’t need more studies on how separated bikeways make cities better/safer. We need a study on the huge lack of leadership to build them.
Who must have expressways in cities? Not city-dwellers… they’re there already. Expressways in cities are necessities only for suburbanites who commute.“
Have a weekend!