Car-Lite Living Saves Thousands

Car-Lite Living Saves ThousandsBy Gary L. HoweLast fall, a fierce windstorm blew through Traverse City. I was working unaware in a basement office, but it didn't take long for my phone to start buzzing. The first message was a tweet from a neighbor: "Dude, I...

Transportation Funding

More won't get us there by defaultThe only thing more expensive than good roads, aren't just bad roads, but wasteful roads that create liabilities for current and future generations. Every newly paved lane mile of highway is like a new car freshly driven off the...

Michigan Marketing 101: Knowing Your Target Audience

"Why the heck do we live here?"At the end of 2012, this was a popular refrain in my household. It arose in response to the infamous lame duck session where Michigan's GOP hastily passed a wish list of controversial bills that were given about as...

Fiscal Voodoo and Planet Earth

The fiscal cliff is a crisis to scare the public into accepting failed policies. Instead, we need to focus on how the economy is linked to the environment.The Economy, we are told, is a machine. It churns, slows, and heats up. It drives political discourse...

Community Engagement and the Leadership that Encourages It

Job Creation as a marketing strategyOn November 6, we have an opportunity to take part in the most basic expression of citizenship. We will do so in predictable rates of 50 to 60 percent of the eligible electorate, carrying into the polling station varying degrees...

Downtown Peddler Fee-Narrow-Minded

Traverse City's recent increase for street vendor permit inhibits entrepreneurshipStreet vending is ancient. It is a community activity where people of different circles consume side-by-side while sharing ideas and information. It is only in recent times, and in more stodgy and stuffy places, where street...