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Say Something Nice, Public Pumps, Free Rivers, Healthy Kids (The Weekly Chatter)

I spent a little time at the Michigan Environmental Council‘s roadshow public meeting this week and came away with a nice perspective by MEC president Chris Kolb that reflects a much needed approach to civic projects: We’d rather not say no to proposals, rather, we prefer working together and making something better.

Collaborative governance and a collaborative community engaged in a shared vision are not separable. One feeds the other.

Weekly Chatter

“We understand there’s some sentimental value involved, too. We understand that some people prefer an impoundment and some prefer a river.”

“Children who bike or walk to school are also more likely to be alert and engaged in classwork throughout the day than kids who are driven. According to studies published by the University of Illinois, fitter kids performed better on standardized tests and had more developed areas of the brain that control attention span and complex memory.”

“Other long-term, cost-saving strategies also exist for local governments. Examples: stop extending or improving roads for strip development. Focus on downtowns and neighborhood centers. Shift zoning to encourage mixed use instead of separated residential and commercial areas. And repeal sprawl inducements like minimum parking requirements for stores or apartment complexes.”


  • RT Velocentric: Tomorrow, I go bike shopping.
  • RT egconley: Road tripping again: the further you go, the closer you are.
  • RT bicyclism: People who insist on traveling to their local gymnasium by car don’t even have the language to comprehend the concept of irony
  • RT tinybuddha: “Change is not a process for the impatient.” ~Barbara Reinhold
  • RT duncanpaisley: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”~ Steve Jobs

To Wrap

Say Something Nice by Improve Everywhere
You might not even need a blow-horn to collaborate with this one. Experiment. Be nice.
  1. Marya
    August 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Thanks, Gary, for all the awesome information.

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