Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Michigan's Future

Here are some links to recent news stories that by themselves do not seem like a big deal. But when viewed from the proper perspective it is clear that Michigan's resurgence will be based on agriculture and renewable energy.

R-E: 'Potential is high' for offshore wind power

MLive: Despite poor economy, small family farms are taking root

Reuters: U.S. farmland fetches top dollar despite recession

What Would A Birding Trail Do For Michigan?

We know that northern Michigan is a birder's paradise, but what would the economic impact be if there were people dedicated to promoting birding in Michigan?

The good news is there are some non-profits working on the idea of a 'Michigan Birding and Wildlife Trail'.

See MLive: Got birds? Yes, even if Michigan can't make the list

Monday, March 2, 2009

To Speed Up Traffic New York City Is Closing Broadway Avenue

USAToday: Broadway to kick cars to the curb
To speed traffic and give pedestrians more elbow room, New York City will close five blocks of Broadway around Times Square to traffic. The famed Great White Way between 42nd and 47th streets will become a pedestrian zone with benches, tables and landscaping.

I think Traverse City should close Lake Avenue between 8th and Union as this cut-through is pedestrian un-friendly and causes traffic to back-up.

Making this section of Lake Avenue would greatly benefit the Loading Dock, Midtown, Hagerty, Patisserie Amie, etc. I also think the old cannery and other buildings between the Loading Dock and Patisserie Amie could be like a mini-version of the warehouse district if only traffic volume were decreased and this area became walkable.

A View Of The Bay Is Worth...

R-E: Cherry Capital is second priciest airport