Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) is a DIY approach based on taking incremental steps, trying low cost experiments, and tapping into local talents (e.g. neighbors, entrepreneurs) to quickly translate a community's vision into reality and to build momentum for further improvements.

LQC placemaking projects are small, inexpensive, and incremental community projects. They do not need to cost a lot of money to get off the ground. Nor do they need to take a lot of time to plan and complete. But, these smaller types of placemaking activities can often help to improve a neighborhood and make it a better place to live, work and play.

Create community gathering places

Attract residents and visitors

Bring life to downtowns

Support walkable communities

Preserve open and green spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has been working to help people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities since 1975, and have completed projects in over 2,500 communities in 40 countries and all 50 US states. Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper is a concept that PPS developed and advocates for continued local placemaking development and sustainability. Michigan Realtors® offers micro grants to assist local associations and their communities in strengthening their LQC placemaking initiatives.


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City of Howell named Winner of 2018 Great American Main Street Award
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Wayland Main Street/DDA Receive Grant for Upcoming Rain Garden
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Transforming Derby’s Alley into a useable public space
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Sense of Place
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GMAR Realtors® Award Placemaking Grant to Southfield 
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USA Today - New Mural Evokes Hometown Nostalgia in Howell
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MML - New Report Chronicles a Decade of League Placemaking Efforts
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Bridge - Placemaking Takes Hold in Michigan's "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper"
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Funded in part by MI Great Places, Inc.

Cheboygan
$2,000 

Water Wonderland Board of Realtors® is helping to update Kiwanis Park to become ADA compliant. Many community partners are committed to the project, and this specific contribution will fund a wheelchair accessible swing. The renovation of the park will provide families in the community with the opportunity to enjoy safe, inclusive, outdoor play. The project is co-sponsored by MI Great Places, Inc. 

Detroit
$500 

Realtor Tonya Brown is kicking off a revitalization project at the Van Antwerp neighborhood park. A Safety Zone family- friendly event with music, food and activities will encourage families and children to enjoy the park and its clean , safe environment. In addition to the kick-off event, the project will provide art work, landscaping and seating in the park. The project is sponsored by MI Great Places, Inc. 

Grand Haven
$2,500 

West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors® is contributing to the ReImagine Playground renovation project to create the area’s only fully-accessible playspace.  The project has used social media to inspire many area Realtors® to invest in the project as well. In support of WMLAR’s efforts, the project is co-sponsored by MI Great Places, Inc., and many additional community partners.
 

Holland
$500 

MI Great Places, Inc., sponsored the Tulips and Juleps event during the 2018 Tulip Festival in Holland. The Tulip Festival draws over 500,000 visitors to Holland and serves as fantastic example of their continued approach to make Holland a desirable place to live, work and play. 

 Howell
$2,500

MI Great Places, Inc. sponsored the Howell Main Street Rock the Black music stage during Summer 2018. Howell Main Street is a grass roots 501(c)3 celebrating their community in innovative ways, filled with pride for downtown Howell. They utilize their community partners to promote the vitality at the heart of downtown Howell.
  
 Lake Orion
$3,500

The Flint Street alleyway will be transformed into a destination spot in Lake Orion, instead of simply a connection between the public parking and the heart of downtown. The project will add seating, flowers, art and a permanent pergola. Many community partners have come onboard to the alleyway activation. The project is co-sponsored by Real Living John Burt Realty and MI Great Places, Inc. 

 Lansing
$5,000

MI Great Places, Inc., sponsored The Grand Experience at the downtown Lansing river trail. The project activates an underutilized area on the river trail the entire summer of 2018. The Grand Experience hosts food trucks, art, music and activities 5 days a week to drive interest in downtown Lansing as a destination, not only to work, but also to live and play. 

 Lansing
$1,000

As part of the ongoing revitalization efforts in the REO Town neighborhood, local artists and volunteers will be engaged in a one-day art competition to create a mural for the outside of the Walter French Building. The project will take place during the REO Town Art Attack! event, as a community paint-by-number, and will ultimately be visible to pedestrian, cycling and vehicle traffic. This project has many community partners, and is co-sponsored by EXIT Realty Home Partners and MI Great Places, Inc.

 Lewiston
$2,500

The Lewiston DDA continues their downtown beautification project by purchasing benches build by local students. The benches are placed strategically in the downtown area to promote activity and encouraging people to congregate. The project is co-sponsored by Huston Real Estate, Inc., and MI Great Places, Inc.
 

Manchester
$3,500 

Make it Manchester Thursday Nights will promote downtown Manchester through art, music, food and activities from May through October of 2018. Many community partners have signed on to revitalize Manchester as a renewed destination. Jennifer Wojtowicz of Proper Property Service, Inc., and MI Great Places, Inc., are co-sponsoring the project. 

Marquette
$2,000 

Through a painting competition, Fresh Coast Plein Aire: Painting the Landscape, artists are encouraged to paint outdoors. The project invites artists to create in whatever space they choose across the entire city, engaging visitors and art lovers during the creation. The cash prizes draw artists and collectors from many states. The project is co-sponsored by Steve Pelto of Look Realty, Inc., and MI Great Places, Inc. 

 Middleville
$2,000

The Middleville DDA and Realtor Kathryn Rensi are hosting free outdoor movie nights for the community. This will bring residents to the downtown area and help local businesses prosper. MI Great Places, Inc., is the project’s sponsor.

 Milton Township
$2,000

The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors® is revitalizing a local park with trash cans and bike racks to enhance visitor experiences. The trash receptacles will help to maintain a cleanliness in the park, while the bike racks will encourage people to stop and enjoy the park’s amenities. The project is sponsored by MI Great Places, Inc. 

Niles
$3,500 

Tables and chairs will be placed throughout downtown Niles to encourage people to spend time there. Local businesses will have free games available for people to enjoy. The initiative includes signage throughout downtown. The project is co-sponsored by Cressy & Everett Real Estate and MI Great Places, Inc. 

 Royal Oak
$2,500

Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors® is leading the way to renovate Realtor® Park. The park will receive a much-needed update, including new playground equipment, which is currently in poor shape. All old equipment will be removed, and the park will become ADA compliant. MI Great Places, Inc., is a sponsor of this major park renovation. 

 Sault Ste. Marie
$3,500

 

Benches and landscaping will be added to a new bathroom facility at Rotary Club’s Project Playground. Prior to this project there were no restroom facilities or benches to sit on while children play. This project is co-sponsored by MI Great Places, Inc., and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Board of Realtors.

 
 Wayne
$2,000

The continued activation of Derby’s Alley will draw residents to more events in the downtown area. This year’s events will include an Art-O-Motive Reception, a community mural and Scarecrow Reception. Space improvements continue to be made as well. The project is co-sponsored by Pay Rice of ReMax, MI Great Places, Inc., and other Wayne Realtors.

 Wayland
$4,500

The Wayland DDA is continuing its renovation of the Rain Garden area with a pavilion to add shelter to this new gathering space. It is located in a family-friendly restaurant district, and can be used by the public and for special events. The project is co-sponsored by Jean Farrell of Real Estate One – Success, Jason Makowski of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, and MI Great Places, Inc. 


Funded in part by MI Great Places, Inc.

Battle Creek
$2,000 
Brighton
$3,500 
Dixboro
$2,000 
Flint
$2,500 
Howell
$3,500 
Jackson
$3,500 
Kalamazoo
$2,000 
Lewiston
$2,500 
 Saginaw
$2,000
South Haven
$2,000 
 Wayne
$2,500
 Ypsilanti
$3,500