We just took a trip to Florida for a little R&R. During our trip we visited South Florida where we saw some interesting design concepts that we will try to implement on the right projects in Mid-Michigan...we can't wait to reveal these ideas in the future! We also saw some "Hip" restaurant and urban development concepts that have not made there way to Mid-Michigan yet.
In South Beach, Miami, there is a bike sharing program that is fairly unique. It is similar to car sharing programs you may have seen in some cities. You can pick-up a bike at any station, pay by the hour or day and return the bike to any other station available throughout the area. The prices are pretty cost-effective and the stations are strategically located and spaced close together making this a healthier and greener alternative to taking a taxi or driving. (See link at the end of this blog).
These programs are currently offered mostly in beach communities and very large cities like New York City. However, I can imagine that with time similar programs will get rolled out into smaller urban communities. I could see the bike sharing program being effective in East Lansing and downtown Lansing especially near the MSU, LCC, and Cooley campuses, right around the corner from some of our projects. ;-)
There are a lot of foodies in South Florida. One of the big current crazes are farm to table restaurants. These are restaurants that use produce and meat from local organic farmers. They market having a small carbon footprint and offer healthier choices by using food that is transported shorter distances from organic suppliers with which they are more acquainted. We frequented one of these restaurants called DIG.
Gen was glad to find a restaurant near our hotel that offered gluten-free bread. We were both happy with the organic and healthy options.
We have not found any similar restaurants in Mid-Michigan. Does anyone know of a restaurant like this in Mid-Michigan yet? If not, here is a great business idea for whomever wants it to develop one of these on Washington Street or Old Town in Lansing, in East Lansing, Okemos or Dewitt. It would be easy to find good local farmers in Mid-Michigan.
Link to bikeshare website: http://www.decobike.com/miamibeach