Traverse City Wants Input on Creating a Healthier Drinking Culture
The grant-funded plan has set a goal to identify the current state of the city’s drinking culture, and to lay out the vision for what it will be in the future. Megan Olds is the Community Engagement Lead for the Healthier Drinking Culture Project. She says partners in the project include the city, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Traverse City Police Department. “They’re working together on a strategic plan to create a vision for a healthier drinking culture in Traverse City.”
They want to hear many different experiences and perspectives. “We’re looking for input from everybody. Residents, liquor license owners, downtown business owners. Visitors. Anyone who has an interest in our drinking culture we want to hear from them in our survey.”
Olds acknowledges there is a balance between supporting the local economy and doing it responsibly. “I feel like we’re all proud of our local craft brewers and distilleries and wineries. And alcohol has been part of our culture as humans since Neolithic times. There’s nothing inherently bad about drinking alcohol. What we’re wanting to do is focus on behaviors that create a healthy drinking culture.”
The public survey is available online here and will be open until March 26th. Meanwhile city leaders will also meeting with key stakeholders for one-on-one input during March and April.