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#TCVote Candidate Survey: Response from Barbara Budros

Name: Barbara Budros
Address: 718 Bloomfield Rd.
Walk Score: 14
Seat Seeking: City Commission
Email Address: abudros@gmail.com


1. What do you do in your spare time?

walk and play with my dogs (two black lab/golden retriever mix pups), read and home improvement projects_                 

2. What was the last activity you participated in at a Traverse City park?

I exercise my dogs every day in our neighborhood park.

3. Name and describe the most memorable public park, anywhere in the world, that you’ve ever visited?

Red Rocks Park in Colorado – contains red sandstone outcroppings that form a natural amphitheater (attended Carole King and Aretha Franklin concerts there)and offers fabulous hiking and biking trails. Second would be Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

4. What is your primary mode of transportation within the City limits?

private car

5. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most likely, how would you rate your likelihood to increase your use of the following personal transportation methods?

(Answers in Bold & Black)

 Unlikely  Likely
Walking 1 2 3 4 5
Riding a bicycle 1 2 3 4 5
Transit 1 2 3 4 5
Calling a Cab 1 2 3 4 5
Driving 1 2 3 4 5

6. In response to question 5, what is your biggest obstacle to more transportation options?

I broke my right ankle in 2001 and had surgery on it twice. It limits my ability to walk long distances, especially on uneven surfaces.

7. Please rate your level of participation in the following Traverse City activities:

Low High
National Cherry Festival 1 2 3 4 5
Traverse City Film Festival 1 2 3 4 5
Michigan Schooner Fest 1 2 3 4 5
Opera House Events 1 2 3 4 5
TC Microbrew & Music Festival 1 2 3 4 5

8. What are your thoughts about large events, like those in question 7, in Traverse City?

I do not mind large events but it seems all we do in TC is host large events. Large events do not build community.

9. Define, or give an example of, effective leadership that you have seen in Traverse City?

Tom Menzel is an effective leader. He has brought BATA back from the brink of financial collapse and has created an organization with a cohesive mission, vision and program.

10. What are you for?

I am for Traverse City and the people who view it as a whole and work to preserve its unique character.

11. What do you fear for Traverse City’s future?

I fear that Traverse City will become another large city with a busy, hectic downtown with no character, surrounded by dilapidated neighborhoods and defunct commercial corridors.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This November 8th there are 3 commission seats and a mayoral seat on the ballot in Traverse City. To help us prepare, throughout this week we are running responses from the 9 candidates (7 commissioner, 2 mayoral) to the MyWHaT survey. These will run in the order that responses were received, one per day during the week and two each on Saturday and Sunday in the order of Michael Estes, Jim Carruthers, Barbara Budros, Robert Donick, David Ford, Patrick McGuire, Timothy Werner, Ralph Soffredine and Jeanine Easterday (names with embedded link have already been published).  

Please note, the answers are published unedited without annotation. The questions were generated by the MyWHaT advisory council and this contributor. We chose a different path than asking straight-up positions on specific policy or issues. We wanted to get a sense of the person, their individual approaches to life, the public sphere and how they might make decisions.

Comments and endorsements are encouraged on any of these posts. You may even ask questions directly of the candidate, but I can not guarantee that they will respond or even see it. I just ask that we keep it friendly, brief and in-line with our comments policy

Happy voting!

  1. June Thaden
    October 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

    She has my vote. But I do think the TCFF builds community — at least among the 1000+ volunteers!

  2. Nate
    October 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Response to question 11:

    I fear the Traverse City will become another small city with a slow, defunct downtown that had the potential to build upon its foundation and existing character, surrounded by thriving suburban neighborhoods and townships that are care dependent and pollute and support poor health and environmental degradation.

    The idea that large cities and urban centers that are growing and thriving lack character is misleading….our largest city centers in the world have the most character, provide the best public spaces, and provide us with the greatest diversity.

    “small towns” are small because people dont want to move there – Traverse City needs representatives that have vision, understand placemaking, and support private development.

  3. Katie
    October 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Hello, thanks to Gary for providing us all this information. As for this candidate, her responses seem to have a strong feel of “Bah Humbug”. (Since when do large events ‘not build community’?? To the contrary!!). I think City leaders should have a positive, forward-looking vision; not a closed mindset that seems only to look backward or at best, stubbornly cling to the “current” state. Nate has stated it beautifully. Any city can grow and have a unique, phenomenal character. City leaders should be able to handle both aspects of that challenge.

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