An artistic planning masterpiece


“Time to Let Go” by Verna Bartnick

As an urban planner, I have seen some very well-written and thought-provoking master plans in the past 25+ years. But recently I stumbled across a specialized plan that I think may top them all – the Public Art Program Master Plan for Traverse City.


Elementary school student painted dumpsters in downtown.

This master plan is spectacular – not in its breadth and depth, as anyone can be verbose, but for being thorough, concise, easy to read, inclusive, and visionary all at the same time. Add in the extraordinary visual merits of the document itself and one just wants to soak in all the hard work and effort that went into creating such a fine document for personal and professional inspiration. If there ever was a master plan that was a work of art in itself, this may very well be the masterpiece you are looking for.

“River Guardian” by Dewey Blocksma

Bravo, Traverse City! Both the city and the Arts Commission deserve many accolades for the Public Art Program Master Plan and you have made this new city resident and urban planner very proud.

As an addendum – just last evening, my wife and I attended an engaging “conversation cafe”  (public input session) on developing successful strategies for implementing the vision articulated in Traverse City’s new Public Art Program Master Plan. Both of us are looking forward to seeing the ideas expressed in this inspiring document and those generated at the public input session being creatively expressed by artists throughout our lovely community.  Namaste!

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2 Responses to An artistic planning masterpiece

  1. Joel Mueller says:

    Do you have any links to great Master Plans we could learn from?


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