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30 years ago
MUNISING — The Design Michigan team of urban architects and planners will be in Munising Thursday and Friday to work with merchants and civic leaders and present ideas on upgrading the commercial district. Design ideas will range from landscaping and building facades to parking lots and traffic flow, with an emphasis on local input.
Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Design Michigan will preside at a town meeting at the Munising Community Center. The team’s analysis will be discussed and photopanels with general design recommendations for each downtown property will be on display. The session is open to merchants, civic leaders and all other interested persons. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., merchants can sign up for individual clinics the following day, for personal, budget-oriented help on improving exterior design. Eight businesses have already been selected for clinics reviewing their interiors.
Team members will also tour Munising’s public buildings at 3 p.m. Friday, including city hall. City officials have been invited for both information and input. The Design Michigan team, based at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, made its first visit to Munising in March, when it surveyed the downtown with an eye toward making the entire district more attractive and accessible.
The project is funded by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Munising’s Downtown Development Authority.
60 years ago
MARQUETTE — Marquette motorists are apt to be a little taken aback this summer when they park their vehicles in the downtown area. Servicing the parking areas in downtown Marquette will be two uniformed lady officers, known in other cities who use them as “meter maids.” It will be the first time that women have been hired for patrol work in Marquette. City Manager George T. Meholic Jr. said the move is basically economic, but it has been felt in other cities that women are good in this type of job because drivers are not so likely to talk back and argue when they receive a parking violation ticket.