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Saving Energy & Creating Jobs

Efficiency First | June 15, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

The Traverse City community could see spectacular growth in jobs and economic development for at least three decades and cut its overall energy costs between 50 and 70 percent by adopting an aggressive, countywide energy efficiency program. ...

Businesses Agree: More On-Street Bike Racks Needed In TC

Choices | June 13, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Now, more than ever, downtown Traverse City customers ride their bikes to get to their favorite shop, restaurant or bar. But for many of those customers, finding a legal and secure place to park can be nearly impossible....

Honor: A Small Town Can Survive

Great Towns | June 13, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Milan Wall has spent much of his professional life in small towns across the United States, and he knows small towns can survive and, in many cases, even thrive in today’s cutthroat American economy. ...

Big BATA Changes Pushed Back

Choices | May 31, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

The Bay Area Transit Authority is delaying until next year big changes to its bus routes because of upgrades to the agency’s software and infrastructure....

Creating Jobs and a Sense of Place

Great Towns | May 29, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

A national expert in land use believes northern Michigan can greatly enhance its economy by designing walkable, urban communities that offer an experience unlike anywhere else in the world....

Wild Swine, the DNR and a Solution

Policy | May 16, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

The effort by Michigan authorities to eradicate feral swine from the state has exploded in controversy and drawn national media attention in recent weeks, but an MLUI analysis shows much of the dust-up could seemingly be diffused by looking at how other states deal with the environmental menace that is the wild boar....

A Modern Odyssey: Part II

All Aboard | May 8, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

We traveled onward, toward Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, where transportation challenges surely exist, but there’s good reason to be optimistic. What we saw in those cities reminded us that Michigan’s transportation system could grow into a good one some day....

Riding the Bus Here and There

Choices | May 2, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Shaan and Sofie are from a place where you don’t need a car. They walk, ride their bikes, the bus or tram to anywhere. Now they're in northern Michigan, writing a thesis about transportation here. ...

Civic Sausage: Watch the Farm Bill

Policy | April 25, 2012 | By Diane Conners

The Farm Bill is worth watching if you care about investing in local food and farm jobs, the environment, family-scale agriculture, and healthy, local food for schools, kids, and families....

Farmers Fear New Pig Rule

Policy | April 17, 2012 | By Diane Conners

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment is enforcing a new policy that threatens the livelihoods of small farms raising heritage breeds of pigs that are popular with chefs and others buying in local food markets....

It’s Time for Traverse City to Grow Up

Great Towns | April 13, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Do you want to young families and entrepreneurs living in town and growing with the city? Do you want to see more asphalt along Eighth Street? Do you want safer crossings at East Front and Barlow? Traverse City officials want feedback on the future of five neighborhoods....

Court Snubs Wind Foe's Claims, Sparking Push to Revise Zoning

April 10, 2012 | By Andrew Willens

Leelanau case nicks Richard James, Emmet’s anti-turbine consultant...

Detroit Transit Vital to the Whole State

All Aboard | April 6, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Economists know that Michigan’s future, including Traverse City’s, is inextricably connected to the fate of Detroit. And Detroit cannot succeed if Michiganders don’t stop the terrible, twin trends of public disinvestment and population loss from our state’s largest city....

A Modern Odyssey: Part I

All Aboard | April 5, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

On March 20, a group of us embarked on an Odyssey of our own. We spent three days using only buses and trains to travel to and around our state’s largest metropolitan regions. ...

Teamwork, Plus Bus, Equals After-School Success

Choices | March 29, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Jemario Raglin said he was struggling with geometry, so he sought help from a tutor offered via SEEDS at Benzie County Central High School. To help make that program work, SEEDS relies on the county’s public transit system....

State’s Top Transportation Official To Grand Vision Network: Keep It Up

Great Towns | March 20, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Kirk Steudle had high praise for the Grand Vision and the regional collaboration the Vision brings when it comes to helping address Northern Michigan’s most pressing transportation challenges....

Getting Around Michigan By Bus and Train

All Aboard | March 17, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Andy Crosby is a great example of a growing trend: Young, talented people are choosing to live in places that offer more transportation choices....

Snyder Samples TC's Local Food Efforts

Healthy Food | March 16, 2012 | By Diane Conners

New "10 cents" project advocates for an additional dime to be spent on each student's meal in local schools. ...

College, Cars and BATA

Choices | March 16, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

With approximately 5,200 students enrolled at NMC, and with many commuting by car, some are exploring better ways to help alleviate the transportation burdens the spread-out region’s young people bear....

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