Great Cities - Goal 2

Cities have more open space, gardens, parks, greenways, trails and transit options. Any underutilized, vacant space supports community uses such as gardening, stormwater management, wildlife habitat, recreation and other productive uses.

IN 20 YEARS - Every resident of Michigan's 25 largest cities lives within ½ mile of a public park. Most parks are connected by a linked network of trails and greenways. Urban green spaces are full of trees, rain gardens and other natural features that collect and filter stormwater.

IN 10 YEARS - Good urban design practices have created at least one lively, transit-oriented development project that includes a mix of housing, jobs and retail options in each of the 25 largest cities. All 25 have adopted "complete streets" ordinances; they have revised their zoning to make mixed-use, infill development that solidifies existing neighborhoods or creates new neighborhoods the easiest thing to build.

IN 2 YEARS - Comprehensive mapping and planning have identified the areas of greatest recreational, environmental and urban agriculture opportunity within the 25 largest cities in the state. Some areas, particularly around existing or planned transit stations, have approved specific zoning districts around transit stops intended to create more convenient, mixed-use, compact land development. The city, state and local NGOs are partnering to protect and develop these places according to community values.