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Why Do You Live Where You Live?

A Wednesday Survey


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For newbies visiting MyWHaT for the first time, I live in Traverse City, Michigan. It’s small town found at the nook at the base of the pinky and ring finger on the Michigan mitten (hold up your right hand, palm towards you, and you’ll see it).

I’ve lived many places. Some of them very far away and very different. For example, Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province is a city of 11-million. Traverse City is a population of 14,000 or so. The street food there is amazing; Traverse City doesn’t really have any street food. I lived there in the late 90’s and visit when I can. Still, there are reasons that I live here and not there.

This isn’t a post about comparing Chengdu & Traverse City. Rather, I’m asking readers to help me generate a WordCloud, like the one I’ve generated for the themes of this blog, with your top three reasons describing why you live where you live.

It won’t take more than a minute and is completely anonymous. Also, I’m interested irrespective of where you live…just be sure to include your zipcode.


Why do you live where you live?

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If you have trouble opening the survey and still want to contribute, please send your top three reasons for living where you live  in a message. Cheers.

  1. lcm
    February 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Nice poll. I am excited to see these results!

  2. February 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

    1. The water… West Bay, East Bay and Lake Michigan
    2. Downtown… I love TC’s downtown restaurants, shops, COH, State Theatre etc
    3. The seasons… always filled with festivals and things to do with any weather

  3. February 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thank you, Sherry.

    Great examples/answers. It’d be helpful if you contributed these in the survey, if you haven’t yet already. It’ll help with the compiling of the data later. Also, if we avoid putting our answers in the comment field, we are less likely to influence other people’s answers. Thank you.

  4. Ashlea
    February 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Tried to do the poll, Gary, but I keep getting an error…!
    1. water
    2. family
    3. outdoor activities

  5. Nancy Griesinger
    April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Hi Gary, I am too late for the survey, but was anxious to answer. I can agree with the few comments I see here. The Bays; The Town and I would add, the People. Traverse City has been my home for 25 years, and there has not been one day that I have regretted moving here from the suburbs of Detroit and a few towns in the Southern part of the United States.

    I fell completely and overwhelmingly in love when I first saw this area. My husband and I drove North to look at property for a vacation cottage. The color of that bay had me in its grip immediately. It was a beautiful September sun-filled day, and as you know, the bay looks magnificent then.

    We drove on into an architecturally attractive downtown, with a popular book store and over crowded library. I gave the place an A+ right then. When I learned about the college, I was completely sold.

    We rented a bed and breakfast so we could stay and make sure this is where we wanted to be. I was certain; my husband wanted to look further; but my heart wouldn’t let me.

    The only time I have been disappointed in Traverse City during those 25 years have been during the past few years of too much clutter type of festivals occurring on our bay, (even the growth of the Cherry Fest) and building modern buildings in place of holding on to the beautiful old architecture.

    I do not want to lose the peace of enjoying downtown and the Bay and after 15 years volunteering at the Traverse City Visitor Center and talking to thousands of visitors…young professionals as well as retirees…I know that if we become too much like the places they speak of wanting to escape FROM they will no longer see the Traverse Area as a place they want to visit more often or move TO.

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