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Rethink Transportation

Roads aren’t just for cars – they’re for people too. When we think of roads, we commonly picture them as being lanes for motorized vehicles and their potential use by residents as an afterthought. Because of this oversight, lives are put in danger and deaths that could otherwise be prevented happen all too often. By rethinking the way we view transportation and infrastructure, we can create new and safer options for transportation. Read the full article here.

Safety First

“Safety first” is a rule that holds true, even for developmental planners. Walkable spaces are an important feature that is emphasized in modern developmental practices because of the safety it can provide for residents. One important thing to consider is how walkable paths create safe and accessible travel options for children. Not only are these spaces providing safety, but they’re also promoting health and change the stigma that suggests transportation is only doable with the help of a car or other motorized vehicle. Read the full article here.

What Makes Spaces Great?

Many developers are under the notion that transit and public transportation infrastructure are top priorities when it comes to building successful destinations. However, what these developers fail to realize is that communal, walkable spaces are the lifeblood of successful urban communities, cities and places of cultural significance. At Forsberg, we challenge ourselves to think outside the box with developments by creating walkable spaces that bridge the gap between residential and commercial centers. Read the full article here.

Cherry Hill Park Charette

Urban Systems visited Lansing’s Cherry Hill Park on July 9th to speak with and share ideas about the park and neighborhood’s future with members of the community! This historic neighborhood is full of amazing homes and residents, and is a textbook example of what makes longstanding, Lansing locations such as these so unique.

 

Brent on Capital City Recap

T.A. Forsberg, Inc.’s President and CEO, Brent Forsberg, joined Ed Rivet on WILS 1320’s Capital City Recap podcast on July 12, 2018 to discuss the ways the company is preparing to help Lansing’s urban growth through developmental innovation! Listen to their full conversation wherever you are by downloading or streaming online!  

Cleaner Transportation

One of the biggest necessities of any thriving metropolitan area is reliable public transportation. However, many municipal areas struggle to make those accommodations available due to the increasing costs of unrenewable energy sources and lack of funding. Public transportation tends to negatively contribute to environmental issues because of its consistent output of harmful emissions. Many cities combatting these issues are turning to the integration of electric and autonomous buses. These electric people movers can be seamlessly integrated with existing bus routes, are less harmful to the environment, don’t require manual labor costs and increase efficiency. Could this be the way of the future for public transportation in dense, urban cores? Read the article here.

Tiny Homes: Transforming Cities

Live large by going small. Tiny homes can transform a city by creating circumstances to craft interconnected neighborhoods and approaching progress in an affordable, environmentally sound manner. Providing attainable living solutions and improving the standard of living are among the components Forsberg sees as necessities under our Smart Growth principles. Tiny Homes Detroit is opening a new path for low-income residents to become invested in their community through home ownership based on a rent-to-own model. Read the full article here.

Exciting Living Opportunities

As cities continue to evolve, it’s important that they analyze the changes that are affecting residents. Housing markets can be a direct reflection of areas that are, those that once were and those that have the opportunity to become prosperous. Akron has a unique market that has price extremities and little opportunities for middle-class and working-class families to live comfortably – thus options like adding tiny homes are creating exciting living opportunities that don’t just create living spaces but provide necessary boosts to the overall market that is lacking stability in certain areas. Click here to read the article.

Elevation at Okemos Holds Grand Opening

A significant crowd turned out June 19 for T.A. Forsberg, Inc.’s grand opening of Elevation at Okemos, a new luxury apartment, retail and community space. The event featured popular musician Phil Denny, food and beverages and tours the space’s two-bedroom apartment units. A silent auction benefitting the Sparrow Foundation also took place.

As the newest housing development in Meridian Township, Elevation’s goal is to go beyond luxury living to create a dynamic community connected to nature.

The buildings feature cor-ten steel cladding, natural stone, and exposed steel structures reminiscent of a mountain lodge. Amenities will include the on-site gym, scenic nature trails, outdoor common areas, covered parking and close proximity to Okemos Schools.

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517.349.9330 (phone) | 517.349.7131 (fax)
2422 Jolly Road, Suite 200, Okemos, MI, 48864