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Old 06-13-2011, 06:21 AM
 
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Went this past weekend. The weather was terrible, cool and wet. BUT, this town was a total surprise. Very charming. Downtown looked like a movie set. Walked along front street. Almost no chain stuff. Looked like most nice downtowns many years ago. Very well cared for city!
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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I'm glad you enjoyed Traverse City in spite of the bad weather. I agree that downtown is great! I like all of Traverse. It's just a great small/mid size city with much to see and do there. I hope you tried some of its wonderful food too.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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Glad you liked it. I'm convinced that Traverse City is one of the nicest towns in Michigan, and definitely my favorite.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:52 AM
 
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And I am not even sure why I thought it would be run down. It certainly wasn't! I would consider investing or retirement there, but just not into cold weather anymore. Will be looking down south for that. Still, Traverse City has lots to offer.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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And I am not even sure why I thought it would be run down. It certainly wasn't! I would consider investing or retirement there, but just not into cold weather anymore. Will be looking down south for that. Still, Traverse City has lots to offer.
It USED to be pretty run down, like the downtowns of many small Michigan cities. Malls on the edge of town suck customers away from the central business district and pretty soon the stores start to fail, then vacant store fronts and dilapidation follow.
Downtown Traverse City is a success story...a big one. The town resisted the temptation to turn the downtown into a mall (something that almost happened) and moved strongly to keep downtown vital and alive and a traditional small city center.
Over the years the Downtown Development people worked hard to keep businesses there and attract others, as well as nurturing cultural magnets like the restored Opera House, the State Theater and the now well established Traverse City Film Festival. Along the way a lot of people ( film maker Michael Moore with the Film Festival) and organizations (the Traverse Rotary saved the iconic Park Place Hotel) pitched in with time, energy and money.
The result is a wonderful, vibrant downtown, and in the past 6 years or so a number of quality restaurants and the restored State Theater have opened, putting the finishing touch on downtown TC. I think it will continue to evolve and grow in positive ways.
Glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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tecpatl- very interesting info. They have certainly done a fine job. We were so impressed. If you can get rid of the cold and snow, we will move there!
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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tecpatl- very interesting info. They have certainly done a fine job. We were so impressed. If you can get rid of the cold and snow, we will move there!
Thats where we want to move also...except we want to move FOR the snow...and awesome summers.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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Thats where we want to move also...except we want to move FOR the snow...and awesome summers.
i agree
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:07 PM
 
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tecpatl- very interesting info. They have certainly done a fine job. We were so impressed. If you can get rid of the cold and snow, we will move there!
What...you didn't see the palm trees?
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:25 AM
 
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tecpatl- Must have missed the palm trees. Probably too busy looking at the million pine trees! I have lived in Minnesota and Buffalo,NY...... I really have had my fill of snow. For those wanting to move to a snowy, cold climate, you probably couldn't pick a much finer place than Traverse City! Invite me up JUN-Sept!!!!
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