Traverse City Neighborhoods Are Aged to Perfection

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 23:57

Since Traverse City has made such a commitment to promoting growth that conserves natural beauty, the town is a place that has beautiful housing amidst a gorgeous setting.

Historical Living

Traverse City is serious about preservation. Several of the community's neighborhoods are registered on the National Register of Historical Places and add a certain vintage, aged-to-perfection flavor to Traverse City.

One such neighborhood is the Boardman Neighborhood Historic District. Roughly bordered by State and Webster streets and Railroad and Boardman avenues, this historical district has homes that date from 1850-1924.

Another historical neighborhood is Central Neighborhood Historical District. Here, houses date from 1850-1924 and consist of single and multiple-family houses. This district is surrounded by the streets 5th, Locust, Union, and 9th.

On the Peninsula

The Old Mission Peninsula is also an ideal place to relocate in Traverse City. Houses tend to sell very quickly on this coveted piece of land. Because of its abundant beaches and the community feel, it is a more popular side of Traverse City.

Ten Tenets of Smart Growth

As a template for future communities and neighborhoods, New Designs for Growth produced Ten Tenets of Smart Growth. The list set the standards for the city's livable communities.

1) Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.

2) Create walkable neighborhoods.

3) Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration.

4) Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

5) Make development decision predictable, fair, and cost effective.

6) Mix land uses.

7) Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas.

8) Provide a variety of transportation choices.

9) Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.

10) Take advantage of compact development designs.

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