Urban & Community Development

Agencies and Organizations

  • Center for Livable Communities
  • Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • National Trust Main Street Center
  • Neighbors Building Neighborhoods
  • Partners for Livable Communities


  • Analysis of Initiatives and Best Practices for Regional Green Infrastructure Visioning and Policy Setting
  • Building Viable Communities: The Interrelationship Between Planners and Economic Developers
  • Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place
  • Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl: Why Johnny Can't Walk to School
  • Linking Brownfields Redevelopment and Greenfield Protection for Sustainable Development
  • Revitalizing Michigan's Central Cities: A Vision and Framework for Action
  • Status of Michigan Cities: An Index of Urban Well-Being

White Papers

  • Funder's Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
    • Aging and Smart Growth: Building Aging-Sensitive Communities
    • Children, Youth and Families and Smart Growth: Building Family Friendly Communities
    • Civic Participation and Smart Growth: Transforming Sprawl into a Broader Sense of Citizenship
    • Education and Smart Growth: Reversing School Sprawl for Better Schools and Communities
  • MSU Faculty Perspectives
    • Are We Supporting Sprawl Through Aid to High-Growth Communities?
    • Community Vitality and Security
    • Public-Private Partnerships for Inner-City Redevelopment
    • There's Gold in those Brownfields...Maybe
  • Urban Initiatives Relative to Land Use Planning*