What do expansion, growth, tourism & change mean for Marquette? Are you frightened or enlightened?
Let’s think outside the box on this one. In light of a recent article published by Brian Cabell of Word on the Street, among other talk and articles that have highlighted Marquette the past few years, curiosity has really struck a chord! In general, change is frightening for most. It comes with adjustment, but, in this situation, it has the potential to bring with it a positive outlook for an economy, a town as a whole and the general livelihood of local residents.
Any situation has pros and cons. In this case, opinions raised in the article, ‘Marquette: Safeguarding a Town’s Identity,’ offer good perspectives in favor of discovery and growth as well as the opposite, those that express a likeness for things to remain the same, without drastic change or any change at all. The article mentioned above really highlights the idea that careful planning should take place in the expansion & growth of Marquette to prevent it from mimicking the fast-paced growth of Traverse City that has since made it a primary tourist destination in Michigan. It focuses on Marquette’s identity and how to keep it intact throughout the recent growth and potential future growth.
First off, it seems a tad tricky to compare Marquette and Traverse City; they have many similarities. Although, there are some differences, such as location, climate (not by a lot), history, population of areas outside of each city, as well as some attractions and town characteristics. Ultimately, both quaint towns remain similar. Perhaps one more tourist-driven than the other, but otherwise pretty similar.
How to cope with future change:
For the Marquette area, worries or excitement about growth & expansion, here are some things to consider that may please both sides of the spectrum:
- Can’t we can have the best of both worlds? Private seclusion isn’t too far away in any direction of the City of Marquette. There’s lots of land and space for people to sprawl out if they don’t already. There’s even water, trails, forest and outdoor recreation in any direction you look. Nothing is too inaccessible.
- Could we bring back to life certain areas and locations that are otherwise dying or have since been vacated? Let’s take advantage of what isn’t being used anymore and find a way to utilize it. There’s opportunity within reason if you look in the right place. If we’re smart about expansion, there is a solution that can please everyone.
- What about developing on the outskirts of the City of Marquette? People will drive 10 or 15 minutes to destinations within Marquette (ahem…they already do). Plus, Marquette isn’t the only place that offers beauty and adventure. There is a whole Upper Peninsula out there!
These ideas represent ways we can finesse growth and expansion to prevent overloading on one place within the confines of one city. What other solutions are available?