Traverse City

Tax breaks saved mental hospital site, developer says

“Blight” and “Traverse City” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But one large, historically significant property in the picturesque northern Michigan community was so blighted that local officials who wanted to redevelop the site were unable to make much progress — […]

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Undiscovered Traverse City

(Originally published June 2, 2011) If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of people who get an opportunity to spend a little time each summer in Traverse City, you have probably recognized the impact of Michigan’s decade-long recession along East Grand Traverse […]

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Coffee is million-dollar enterprise

Pricey coffees were among the first casualties of the Great Recession as people cut $4 lattes from their strained household budgets. Even mighty Starbucks was humbled, closing hundreds of stores across the country as the economy tanked. But one small Traverse City […]

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Land O Links

“Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise” – Samuel Johnson, 18th century English author. * The hospital in Cheboygan […]

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Young professional groups sprout to grow Mich. connections

Traveling around Michigan is one of the pleasures of running the Center for Michigan. You get a sense of the rhythm of communities and what trends are developing. One such positive development made the front page of the Battle Creek Enquirer this […]

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Festivals haul in $700 million for Michigan

They celebrate fruit, cheese, beer, wine, music, the arts, holidays, seasons, cultures, industries, hobbies, geography, history and … well, pretty much all things Michigan. They go by all sorts of names — fairs, festivals, events — but the roughly 4,000-5,000 such gatherings […]

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Land O Links

“I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way” – Franklin P. Adams, early 20th century American writer. * Illinois’ governor may call a special session of […]

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Land O Links

“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile” – Abu Bakr, seventh-century Islamic political leader. * The invaluable Citizens Research Council of Michigan did a two-year study of teacher training, retention and cost issues. The report was released this summer. […]

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Remaking a river

Demolition crews in August took down the old powerhouse at the Brown Bridge Dam near Traverse City. This is part of a larger project to remove two dams and modify a third on the waterway. Bridge photo contributor John Russell reports that […]

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One man’s appetite for snacks leads to growing Northern Michigan firm

Ed Girrbach likes potato chips. So much so, he’s put money, determination and business acumen toward a made-in-Michigan venture that is frying 20,000 pounds of raw potatoes a week in the hills outside of Traverse City. The Great Lakes Potato Chip Co., […]

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Land O Links

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it” – John Locke, 17th century English philosopher. * The Center for New Opportunity, a start-up incubator launched by some positive-thinking folks in Lansing, gets a nice write-up on The Atlantic Cities […]

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Land O Links

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge” – Nicolaus Copernicus, 16th century Polish scientist. * This map highlights, to my eye at least, one of […]

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Traverse City’s growth draws attention

In 2007, when Michigan was in the throes of the recession, a young entrepreneur named Chris Treter opened a coffee shop and cafe in Traverse City. The Ohio native could have launched his Higher Grounds Coffee Trading Co. in any number of […]

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Land O Links

* Michigan electric generators are on track to reach the 10 percent renewable energy standard set forth in state law, says the Public Service Commission. And under provisions of that law, Michigan will have established a floor of no less than 10 […]

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Traverse City, Ann Arbor home sales point to brighter 2013

In parts of Michigan, a “For Sale” sign in front of a house is quickly followed by another: “Sold.” Realtors from Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor to Traverse City are reporting trends notably absent in Michigan for years. Home values are rising. […]

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Land O Links

*Is the Traverse City area a “hateful” place? A new map presents a heat index of hateful words sent via Twitter and assigned to their origin points by county. As you zoom in on Michigan, the hottest spots are near Traverse City, […]

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