PUBLISHER'S LETTER

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

2013-11-17T09:00:00Z 2013-11-18T12:21:33Z PUBLISHER'S LETTERBy Chris White nwitimes.com
November 17, 2013 9:00 am  • 

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

As a relative newcomer, I’m still awed by the power and the beauty of Lake Michigan.

The business advantage of living so close to the lake is something I completely understand, but it’s the aesthetic value, while more difficult to measure, that has the real impact on people who live here.

In the last two months I have had some amazing and unique Chicago experiences including meeting former Mayor Richard Daley, going to my first Chicago Bulls game at the United Center and attending a fundraising dinner with more than 1000 people in the Grand Ballroom with the 80-foot-high ceiling and an outdoor balcony at the end of Navy Pier. While I never expected those who have lived in the area a long time, or perhaps all their lives, to be infected by the same wide-eyed enthusiasm that I feel, I was amazed to find so many who can’t wait to show and tell me about everything wonderful here.

That energy and wonder extends beyond the city limits to the national and state lakeshore parks, the port and industrial complex spreads over three Indiana counties recently revitalized by the Marquette Plan and the whole of southwestern Michigan wine country that includes as much culture as agriculture. The beach towns and college towns that I am learning about are cultivating their own grassroots institutions like the non-profit artists co-op in New Buffalo, the expanded educational programs at Fernwood, the Acorn theater in Three Oaks and the revitalization of Benton Harbor from the downtown arts and entertainment district to the construction of a new high-rise hotel at the center of the Harbor Shores development.

Now fully relocated, I look forward to investigating the lakeshore to the east at closer range. I missed the splendor of harvest season in the Michigan appellations, but I am warming to the idea of exploring the great restaurants, craft breweries, luxury hotels, spas and casinos, while they aren’t as crowded as the summer months.

May your holidays be a source of joy and blessings for you and your families this year. This December/January issue is our anniversary edition. Shore has been around for eight years now. Even our replica edition is ripening. We started posting Shore in 2009 and continue to enjoy a steady stream of readers and subscribers to our twice-weekly e-newsletters.

I’m looking forward to 2014 and an even deeper focus on our Shore market and its thriving, growing and unique audience.

Chris White

Publisher

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