Access. Connection. Health: A 2020 Bright Spot in a Northern Michigan Neighborhood

In 2018, Norte, along with many citizen advocates, pushed hard for more sidewalks in Traverse City’s Traverse Heights neighborhood – a historically underserved area. This effort was a continuation of years of work by multiple organizations, City staff, elected officials, and citizens from across the community. I hear Bob Otwell was doing the math and groundwork for increased sidewalk spending in the late ’90s when he served on the City’s Planning Commission. Thanks, Bob!

Today, we’re full of gratitude for all that work. And we can’t give enough thanks to the City of Traverse City for investing $4.5 million to build 9.2 miles of new sidewalk.  This sense of urgency and commitment speaks volumes about what we value as a community.

With the first year of that investment complete, we already see an incredible improvement in access, connection, and safety—a 2020 bright spot for sure. These new sidewalks support active living, social cohesion, and health.

Thank you to those awesome people who spoke up for a better Traverse Heights and more complete neighborhoods across the city.

And thank you, the City of Traverse City. Let’s keep it up!

Are you interested in making your neighborhood more walkable and more bikeable?

We’re here to help.