On Traverse City, Aspen, and Optimism

Earlier this week, I attended an excellent housing panel at the Traverse City Film Festival. It included local leaders: Seth Johnson (NWMI United Way), Yarrow Brown (Housing North), and Scott Newman-Bale (Short’s/TCAPS) and filmmakers: David Siev (Bad Axe) and Abigail Disney (American Dream and other Fairy Tales). It was called “When Did Traverse City BecomeContinue reading “On Traverse City, Aspen, and Optimism”

Neighbors helping neighbors + Prop 3

This month, almost 700 petition signatures to repeal Prop 3 were dropped off at the Clerk’s office. This effort was powered by nearly 60 neighbors who rallied to circulate 90+ petitions on behalf of their neighbors – and future neighbors. Neighbors helping neighbors in support of abundant housing on Traverse City’s 8 square miles is beautiful; IContinue reading “Neighbors helping neighbors + Prop 3”

All in for Traverse City neighbors

On these days when it all feels like too much, I try to focus on my values and the things I can help change – like the health and well-being of my community. Like housing, abundant housing for my neighbors – and future neighbors. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a neighbor-led ballot petition effort happening nowContinue reading “All in for Traverse City neighbors”

More Traverse City Neighbors = A Better Traverse City

What if we designed a Traverse City that supported people in leading lives that are good for themselves and their neighbors? I believe that starts by building abundant homes in our neighborhoods. Homes for our teachers, nurses, firefighters and other workers. Homes for our seniors and young people. Homes for those of us experiencing homelessnessContinue reading “More Traverse City Neighbors = A Better Traverse City”

Live TC: Why Caroline Kennedy cares about housing in TC

At Live TC, we firmly believe that anyone who works in Traverse City should be able to afford to live in Traverse City. As a result, we’re chatting with our friends and neighbors to tell their stories, and share with you how our community is impacted by a lack of abundant and affordable housing. WeContinue reading “Live TC: Why Caroline Kennedy cares about housing in TC”

Traverse City housing delayed = Traverse City housing denied.

Every day that Traverse City housing projects and zoning reform are delayed – Traverse City’s housing shortage gets worse. Our teachers, nurses, firefighters, wait staff, grocery clerks, and people experiencing homelessness/housing insecurity can’t keep waiting for homes to be built. We need more homes now. How are more homes being delayed in Traverse City? HomeStretch still hasn’t acquired LotContinue reading “Traverse City housing delayed = Traverse City housing denied.”

How we talk about Traverse City housing

At this week’s Live TC meeting, we discussed how to reframe our pro-housing message. Framing is the choices we make on what to say, how to say it, and what to leave unsaid. These goals, guidelines, and recommendations were built using the FrameWorks Institute’s “Piecing It Together: A Communications Playbook for Housing Advocates” and“‘You Don’t HaveContinue reading “How we talk about Traverse City housing”

Live TC: Why Jimmy McKenna cares about housing in TC

At Live TC, we firmly believe that anyone who works in Traverse City should be able to afford to live in Traverse City. As a result, we’re chatting with our friends and neighbors to tell their stories, and share with you how our community is impacted by a lack of abundant and affordable housing. WeContinue reading “Live TC: Why Jimmy McKenna cares about housing in TC”

Traverse City’s #1 Priority?

On Monday, April 18th, our City Commissioners will be discussing and hopefully approving, their 2022 goals. At the top of this list is housing. Housing as our #1 priority needs to be celebrated. And then we need to get to work to deliver. I love these four points under “Resources Required” listed on the plan: • Removing barriersContinue reading “Traverse City’s #1 Priority?”