TC’s Bold Move Toward Renewable Energy

In December, city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to power Traverse City’s municipal operations via 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 and initiate a long-term plan to transition the entire city to be carbon neutral by 2050. That’s a big league move for our little city....

Commentary: Flint, Line 5 And Restoring Trust In State Government

It’s hard to fathom the people of Flint were poisoned by lead-tainted water for 17 months while government officials ignored evidence and downplayed the problem. Unfortunately, the culture of denial and inaction brought to light by the Flint disaster has been around a long time...

Northwest Michigan’s Food Economy Leads Way

Two years ago Mark Abbott envisioned FarmRaiser, a company that would take a new approach to school fundraisers by giving kids the chance to sell locally grown food. Buying local had become a major economic driver in just about every corner of the country. People...

Commentary: What’s In A Name?

Last month the Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI) changed its name to the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. We wanted a name that better reflects the spirit and substance of our work – and, ultimately, to build a stronger base of support. After two decades as MLUI,...

Commentary: Like Food, Local Music Can Grow Economy

Joshua Davis is a gifted and hard-working guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who can play the Delta Blues like Mississippi John Hurt and work a crowd into a dancing frenzy with his band Steppin’ In It. He’s been playing venues across Michigan for 20 years, so...

Commentary: All Aboard! TC Rail Service Needs Support Now

Imagine packing a bag for the weekend, heading over to the Filling Station (at the historic Train Depot) in Traverse City for lunch – and then actually boarding a train. As you settle into your clean, comfortable seat, the train pulls south along Boardman Lake...

Let’s Create A Standing Ovation For Division Street

BY HANS VOSS I love standing ovations. Nothing beats the energy of a crowd spontaneously drawn to their feet, when there’s a palpable sense they want to do more to show appreciation than just stand and clap, but there is nothing more to do, so they just...