City By The Lake

Although I don't get to go back and visit my hometown of Michigan City, Indiana as often as I would like,. The city by the lake will always hold a special place in my heart. Located on the southern shores of Lake Michigan graced by the wonderful and world renowned sand dunes, and that iconic lighthouse which in all it's glory sits majestically at the end of a long cement pier. Michigan City has managed to withstand population decline, years of poor urban planning, and other misfortunes that often eat away at similar cities of it's size. It was as a child of age four or five when I first gazed out over the lake at the lighthouse. Regardless the time of year, where I had been, or where I was about to go, like a magnet I always seemed to be drawn back to that spot- looking out at the lighthouse, knowing that even though it always looks the same. It was always different from the time before. So during a recent visit, I found it refreshing to see and experience a new found flurry of activity on the Michigan City lakefront, which now seems to have found it's footing and rapidly becoming a must see northern Indiana tourist attraction. Along with promoting it's wonderful natural resources, city officials will need to come up with a strategic marketing plan that somehow convinces visitors into ignoring the huge eyesore that is a NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) cooling tower that 24 hours a day, seven days a week bellows out steam, smoke and who knows what else into the otherwise pristine environment. That is subject matter for another day.

The Washington Park Beach

The iconic lighthouse

NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company)

An eyesore, but without it there is no power. Therefore no Michigan City.

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