Who could help but notice when a portion of Little Traverse Bay became obstructed by a new, taller medical building? That picture-postcard welcoming view had changed. Who notices that change now?
Familiar, family-run motels on our main corners are now ubiquitous chain drug stores. Our farmlands have become parking lots dotted with squares of commercial sameness. Can you recognize if you‘re in Petoskey, or Anywhere U.S.A.?
More downtown stores are gone. The empty storefronts represent the abandoned dreams of many people who once believed in our community. If you are distressed by the growth you have witnessed, you have the opportunity to promote the antidote to sprawl -- the infusion of life-giving commerce in our downtown.
If you long to restore what sets this community apart from so many carbon copy communities that do not have a viable downtown, please support the smart growth proposed for our downtown. The addition of housing, hotel, storefronts, service businesses, jobs and parking translates into new life blood for our downtown.
Walk the downtown streets. See how many businesses are gone or closed for the season. Talk to the business poeple that are still holding on, committed to maintaining our unique downtown character. We must have year-round visitors and our community‘s support of the downtown for it to continue to exist. Throughout our community, skylines have changed; the landscape has changed. We must work to promote and improve what sets Petoskey apart -- our downtown.
Mary Ellen Lapp Petoskey
There‘s a difference
The President has accepted at least $6.5 million in funds bundled by
Washington influence peddlers last year alone, 10 times what Sen. Kerry
has accepted from lobbyists over 15 years.
The only way to eliminate special interest influence in the White House is to reform the presidential funding system, and move toward clean money elections.
MaryAlice Lynott Kewadin