i enjoy writing up my views of the sense of place concept and how it applies to our local community. i see that every now and a few of you out there take a look at what i have to say.
but if you're interested in a professionally done site about placemaking, i recommend http://www.pps.org/placemaking/blog/
from project for public spaces out of NYC
it has a wealth of stories about how communities have developed special places and the benefits that have resulted
for a michigan slant, try michigan state university's new great place network designed to encourage local communities to rebuild themselves into vibrant places