Traverse City’s newly-elected Mayor Jim Carruthers touched on a wide range of topics in his comments to the Chamber board this week. He said Traverse City’s national recognition in recent years in a series of “Top 10” and “Best Of…” lists has created a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the region.
“We’re lucky to be there….we have all the right problems in Traverse City,” Carruthers said. “Things are challenging in Traverse City because everything is going so great.”
Specifically, Carruthers called on residents to raise the level of community discourse from the frequent negative missives on social media that he said “damage the process” of public debate.
“Really, we should be having more one-on-one (discussions),” he said. “Let’s get together and talk face to face.”
Carruthers also said he wants the city, including the Traverse City Housing Commission, to make more progress in the area of affordable housing. He also called for improved wages for workers in the city, for the city to make progress on numerous pending infrastructure projects, and to expand the growth of downtown to less developed commercial corridors in places like State Street and Eighth Street.
The mayor said he’s looking forward to working with the region’s business community, but there may points of contention along the way.
“We might not always agree,” he said. “But let’s all keep smiles on our faces and keep working together.”