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Friday, November 21, 2014

Preserving History, and Building Community in Bloomfield Hills as featured in "The Review" the official magazine of the Michigan Municipal League.

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 The other day while stopping by City Hall, this reporter noticed a large poster for the Preservation Bloomfield's Ginger Bread Celebration. So I called   Mayor Pat Hardy and asked if she had something smaller that I could put in the blog. She sent me an e-mail  that had a smaller version of poster.  I  noticed that it was addressed more than fifty individuals that comprise the "Ginger Bread Team. I said not seen a list of names of  community involved  residents that  long  since the 2008 inaugural issue of the Hills Highlights news letter, the Official newsletter of the City of Bloomfield Hills,  Mayor Hardy said it was quite a story and began rattling off  facts and figures.  It all started with the 75th anniversary celebration and  in the last eight years close to one million dollars had been raised. I said I had  to get a pen and paper to write some of that  down but she said she had something from the Michigan Municipal League that would serve as  a good introduction.
2008 Inaugural issue of the Hills Highlights. Commissioner Hardy, Editor.
Anyone going on line  and looking for information on  how city government works is  familiar with  the Michigan Municipal League who's motto is "Better  Communities.  Better Michigan.". The league states that it is the one clear voice for Michigan Communities. The league   goals are to aid communities in creating desirable and unique places through legislative and judicial advocacy, to provide educational opportunities, for elected and appointed officials, and to assist municipal  and community leaders in administering community services. The league's mission is  that of a non profit, but  with the fervor of entrepreneurs, to passionately push change for better communities and a better Michigan.

Current Board of Trustee members hail from Wakefield,  East Lansing, Berkley, Farmington Hills, Kalamazoo, Ferrysburg,Grand Rapids, Jackson, Hazel Park, Dearborn, Sterling Heights, Lapeer, Ironwood, Clare, Cadillac, Three Oaks, and Marquette Michigan.

I had no idea what Mayor Hardy would provide but I was thinking more of a one sheet from  years gone by.  I did not expect the current issue of The Review, the Magazine of the Municipal League  which features a focus on small communities. The Magazine  is similar to one that used to be published by the Michigan Historical Society  where back issues never grow old and stay forever in summer cottages statewide. The only difference is that with Review the history is now.  The article  in the November/ December  issue is an explanation of Preservation Bloomfield's successs and an introduction to other restoration efforts in other communities.

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