There’s so much happening on TC’s culinary scene that we occasionally need to dedicate a day to catch up on things we’ve learned!
Jacob Wheeler of the Glen Arbor Sun has started writing for Bridge Magazine. He has a pair of features, one on Traverse City and our “festival fatigue” issue (complete with tourism impact numbers) and an interview with Michael Moore about the issue and other things. Here’s a couple of quotations – read lots more in Bridge!
MSU Tourism expert Dr. Sarah Nicholls: “This is the dilemma of any great tourism town. The visitors also realize this is fabulous place to be, and they impact the lives of residents who can’t get a parking space or a seat at their favorite restaurant or bar.”
Michael Moore: “We should be careful that we don’t miss the next cool thing for Traverse City. What if a more restricted parks policy had been in place in 2005 and prevented the first Traverse City Film Festival from happening? Here’s what would have happened: No TCFF, no State Theatre, no Bijou (a second theater) – and a downtown that would be very different today.”
Also check out TC Commissioner Gary Howe’s take at A Strong Traverse City.