Detroit is working on a new sign ordinance. A good sign ordinance complements city planning efforts, enhances community aesthetics, and balances community interests. Unfortunately, the draft ordinance under consideration falls short on these three points. In an effort to appease the interest of the outdoor advertising industry and building owners…
Did you know that Michigan is among the best places in the lower 48 states to see the northern lights (aurora borealis)? The auroral oval of visibility is centered on the magnetic pole, which means that northern Michigan offers the same auroral visibility as Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; and Kodiak, Alaska. However, since Michigan is farther south, night time lasts much longer from spring to fall than in these locations, which are famous for “white nights” in which the sun does not fully set. Dark, moonless nights are needed to see the northern lights, so Michigan provides excellent opportunities to see them all year—including summer. However, light pollution is increasingly an issue—with a rate rising up to 20 percent per year. Scenic Michigan is committed to working toward practical solutions to address the problem of light pollution and we’re working on developing resources to guide communities on the development of better lighting ordinances.
We are partnering with Michigan Dark Skies and the International Dark Sky Association to develop better guidance for Michigan communities. Please reach out to us if you need any assistance developing a lighting ordinance for your community.
If you’re interested in visiting a dark sky preserve in Michigan, check out the following websites for helpful guidance.