With fewer than 80 historic preservation districts left in Michigan, the state is in serious danger of losing all these districts to gutting due to newly introduced legislation. Livability staffer Matt Carmichael gives his take on this law and others that are being brought up in states such as Wisconsin.

Carmichael believes that losing these districts would make these cities lose their competitive advantage which he says is crucial in the marketing and economical development of the city:

Because if Michigan rejects it, they can watch Utah and Wisconsin’s competitive advantages fall away while the Great Lakes State maintains it Pure Michigan charm. Similarly, other Midwest states should be begging Michigan’s House and Senate to snuff out Grand Rapid’s Gas Light district, put a cork in Corktown, and mow down the uniqueness from Adrian to Ypsilanti.

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