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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

Bringing Urbanism to the Forefront for a Sustainable Future

By Kevin Klinkenberg

Planners in the State of Michigan are quickly moving to the forefront of progressive planning initiatives. In response to a statewide economic crisis, planners and municipal leaders are embracing place-making as a mechanism to achieve a future sustainable economy. As a faculty member at a Form-Based Codes Institute training this week, I was extremely impressed with the level of interest and sophistication of the attendees. Clearly, this is a group on a mission. Led by the Michigan Municipal League, the range and scope of efforts is unmatched at a statewide level in the Midwest, if not the entire country. I applaud their efforts to bring the issues of urbanism to the forefront, and to educate their members on the latest techniques to ensure sustainable, quality places.

Downtown Blue Springs, MO Mixed Use
Downtown Blue Springs, MO Mixed Use

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