The MSU Land Policy Institute (LPI) is pleased to welcome Yue Cui, PhD, to the team.
She comes to LPI from the MSU Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) where she will continue her work as an assistant professor for the Center for Economic and Spatial Analysis for Planning and Management. Cui is also an adjunct assistant professor with the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.
In 2010, Cui earned a PhD from the former MSU Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, now CSUS. She also has a PhD in Geography from Peking University in China. Cui has been working on estimating the regional economic impacts of recreation and tourism since 2007.
She has conducted various economic impacts studies for the National Marine Manufacture Associations, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Park Service. Cui is also a geographer working to design a Volunteered Geographic Information System for a spatial-related survey instrument, placemaking tool, and recreation resource and inventory management tools for the USACE.
LPI’s Graebert shared expertise on walkable urban places at Building Michigan Communities Conference
On April 25-27, 2016, the annual Building Michigan Communities Conference (BMCC) took place at the Lansing Center in Lansing. With more than 1,700 attendees, the event has quickly become the largest conference of its kind in the U.S. The conference is attended by housing and community development service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers and financiers.
On April 27, the Land Policy Institute’s (LPI) Mary Beth Graebert spoke on a panel titled “The Where, Why and How of Missing Middle Housing Development.” There is growing evidence that demand for urban living is increasing in Michigan, but an understanding of how and why this change is occurring, and more importantly, how Michigan communities can respond to it, is critical to meeting this rising demand.
Graebert presented on a study that the George Washington University Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis, and LPI recently completed on Walkable Urban Places in Michigan, which identified downtown locations with high walkability and regional economic activity, and confirmed that rent premiums show an increasing demand for housing and commercial space in these areas.
Next, Adam Cook, principal consultant with Seamless Collaborative, talked about the Target Market Analyses (TMA) that the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has had conducted in several Michigan communities to discover not only why this demand is growing, but who is driving this change, and what they are looking for when they relocate. He also talked about the 2015 Missing Middle Housing Design Competition, sponsored by AIA Michigan, MSHDA, LPI, the Michigan Municipal League (MML), the Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and others, to help address the problem of Michigan’s growing need for more diverse and affordable housing options to better fit the demands of urban lifestyles, as identified in the TMAs.
James Tischler, policy director of Collaborative Community Development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and former director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Community Development Division, was recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), along with MSU’S School of Planning, Design and Construction’s Urban & Regional Planning Professor Zenia Kotval. Fellows of AICP receive this honor for “achieving excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership.” They must also be planners who have been members of AICP and be nominated and chosen to become members of the College of Fellows.
“It’s hard to find words to express how honored I am to be recognized by such esteemed professional peers,” said Tischler. “I am grateful to many colleagues with whom I have worked alongside on projects and programs over the years, which were the basis of the College’s selection.”
Tischler has more than 29 years of experience in the field of urban planning, working for public organizations and consulting with private sector firms, and has been a practicing planner in Michigan for more than 20 years. He has contributed research and innovation as a leading-edge practitioner and provided essential tools for more community-oriented planning. Tischler is respected nationally, especially for leadership in the planning movements of placemaking, form-based codes, New Urbanism and brownfield/greyfield redevelopment, all of which helped to qualify him for this honor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The scale of the fight against blight in Saginaw and other Michigan’s cities, strengthened since 2013 by a major infusion of federal funding, is about to get a whole lot bigger.
The U.S. Treasury has authorized the state to spend about $188.1 million from the Hardest Hit Fund on blight reduction mortgage relief efforts in Michigan, according to information released by federal officials Wednesday, April 20.
That effectively doubles the resources already in hand that could be used to clear away blighted homes in Michigan’s urban cores, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Kidlee, D-Flint Township.
“Obviously, that is a big boost,” Kildee said. “This will help, in terms of communities trying to rebuild their local economies.”
The congressman — who represents all of Bay and Genesee counties and parts of Saginaw County — is a key advocate of blight elimination efforts in the state, dating back to his term as treasurer in Genesee County.
After years of work chipping away at issues with blight in his hometown of Flint and elsewhere across Michigan, Kildee said it feels good to have helped secure such a large chunk of funding for the effort.
“I’ve been working on this since 1999,” he said. “Congress really helped me bring it to a scale that is equal to size of the problem.”
Michigan’s $188 million share is part $1 billion in funding approved nationwide. Of the allocations, Michigan claims the largest portion.