Transportation Theme

A resilient transportation system offers a diversity of options for local travel, including good mass transit, bike paths and walkability. It implements alternative fuel sources whenever possible. It has the adaptive capacity to adjust the system when necessary, such as to accommodate changing housing patterns or new retail development. A resilient transportation system depends upon good governance. Ecological attributes are considered in the design process, taking advantage of such things as rivers and the natural landscape.

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We wrap up our current discussion of placemaking and related issues with Harry Burkholder and Heather Seyfarth. Both are planners with Lands Information Access Association and involve in numerous community planning projects.  Economic development surveys reveal that "an attractive place with lots to do" is the prime reason the key, youthful demographic age grades communities need to attract to strengthen local social capital. Designing a place for people, making a place that is attractive to live in, is critical to small communities as well as large. All communities in a region need to attend to their design for people for the whole region's benefit. Burkholder and Seyfarth report on their experiences trying to develop a future vision amongst local leaders.

Steel wheels on steel rails

No other form of transportation is as energy efficient as "steel wheels on steel rails". Saving the few railroad tracks that serve northern Michigan is a must for our future resilience.  Bruckbauer points out that Michigan is really just getting a handle on it's rail needs with the current level of planning, and much more public support is needed to insure that the north gets the connections  and rail development it needs.  Just a few years ago the state was not looking at future rail plans at all, and only strong public showings at public comment sessions has kept the northern part of the state in the discussion at all. July 14 brings a panel discussion to the Traverse Area Public Library where current work on downstate rail improvements will be outline and discussed.  But, our rails connect downstate so what happens there matters here, and public interest and support  is critical to keeping the whole effort going.

Gary Howe visits with Dave

Gary Howe returns to Outside In for more conversation about transportation issues in the Traverse City area.  Gary teaches Geography at Northwestern Michigan College, is a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, and is creator of, a web blog focusing on transportation and intentional design for Traverse City's urban core. Dave and Gary discuss a range of transportation issues including governance. What is the public's role in deciding on plans for movement and recreation around the Bay.

Dave Barrons and Gary How continue with transportation resilience

Dave Barrons and Gary How continue their talk about transportation resilience. Decisions we make about transportation planning reflect values we place on other spaces in our lives and how we use them. Gary's web site-coordinates observational walks around Traverse City to observe the various relations at play. This talk also looked in more detail at the use of traffic roundabouts.

Dave Barrons on Community Resilience - Transportation

Dave Barrons presents a half hour format of news, information and regional happenings each week. This show begins Outside In's first conversation about transportation issues through the lens of "investigating resilience". Gary Howe, local geography professor and transportation planning advocate, joins Dave Barrons discussing the fragile nature of our current transportation system, highlighting how those views apply locally, sharing how local residents can get into the conversation through Gary's web site.

My Wheels are Turning

Gary Howe, Neahtawanta Center board member, has created a very informative and active blog about transportation issues in the Traverse City area.