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E-M:/ Institute News: Another 'No' to Boardman bridge; Restored hotel leads Marquette's revival

Enviro-Mich message from "Jim Dulzo" <jimdulzo@mlui.org>

Dear friend,

This week the Michigan Land Use Institute comments on some good news from
the Grand Traverse region and looks at the restoration of an old hotel in
downtown Marquette.

First, the Institute’s Keith Schneider and Kelly Thayer write about yet
another roadblock the Grand Traverse County Road Commission has hit in its
drive to build a highway and bridge through the Boardman valley — its fifth
denial by a government agency in five months. Keith and Kelly say now’s the
time to drop the project and redirect funding to better traffic solutions or
risk losing perhaps $34 million in state and federal money. Read their piece


Also, Keith reports how the restoration of the Landmark Hotel has galvanized
downtown Marquette. He notes that 1990s state initiatives regarding
brownfield redevelopment and historic restoration, as well as Governor
Granholm’s “Cool Cities” program, are part of the foundation of a new
economic development strategy in Michigan. Read his piece here:


And here are two chances to celebrate and support the progress we and our
sister organizations are making on the Boardman and Nestle Waters issues.

First, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council is hosting a
“thank-you” and “let’s party” party Friday, December 12, from 6:30 to 9:30
p.m. It will honor the latest rejections of the Boardman bridge proposal and
highlight other encouraging developments. It happens at downtown Traverse
City’s Holiday Inn, located along West Grand Traverse Bay on US-31/Grandview
Parkway, complete with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a even a bit of music.
Eight bucks gets you in.

And Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, which successfully sued Nestle
over its water extraction plant in Mecosta County, presents a fundraiser to
help pay its legal bills on Sunday, December 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., at The
Trick Dog, 1121 Furnace Street, in Elberta. Enjoy many talented local
musicians, light refreshments, and a sale of seasonal gifts. Donate money,
time, or sale items by contacting Suz at 231.352.7669. It’s 15 bucks at the

So, if you’re an Up-Norther or will be nearby this weekend to enjoy our
beautiful new coat of snow, do join us to catch a bit of the holiday buzz,
meet new and old friends, help advance smart growth, and protect Michigan’s
environment. Hope to see you!

Thanks so much,
Jim Dulzo
Managing Editor
Michigan Land Use Institute
231.882.4723 x17

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