Mike. I believe it still requires a 2/3 majority vote to sell parkland.
'We live in a motorized world, however there are some who think that spandex and peddle bikes should be the only form of transportation allowed in Traverse City. The seasons in this part of the world do not lend themselves to favor bike path's, which are nothing more than a recreational route to nowhere. The city needs to get real, and forget traffic circles and other such nonsense in favor of common sense four and five lane highways. If you want to have input on this matter were spandex and sandal's when visiting city hall, better yet put a gay pride rainbow flag on your bicycle.
• Context Sensitive Design for Urban Thoroughfares http://bit.ly/cX0R41 (PDF)
• Citizen's Guide to Better Streets http://bit.ly/h1zlu5 (PDF)
• FHWA Proven Safety Measures http://bit.ly/w18NGQ
• State of Michigan's Complete Streets Policy http://1.usa.gov/Ne2mRM (PDF)
Okay, more talk about roundabouts, like we're discussing some small, city street. Guess people in TC (some, anyway) "can't want" to recognize Division as what it is, a HIGHWAY! Okay, let's now reduce speed to 30 m.p.h. What a bunch of no-brain idiots we have "running the show!" Wonder how people would like to try to get out onto Barnes Rd. -- people scream down it at 55 plus m.p.h. Us "little people" up here on the hill just have to put up and shut up, I guess!
Has the city charter been changed, or does it still take 66 percent of all reg. voters in Traverse to change park land to any other use.
Kimberly ... I used to live on W. 12th and Maple. Used to be I could cross Division to walk on the Commons with my dog at any time without a problem. Then Munson built their parking garage, and traffic flowed from it, down 11th on that side of Division and then immediately down 12th on your side of Division, to avoid the light at 14th. No more crossing Division at 12th ... and really hard to cross anywhere except perhaps at 7th. I now try to avoid Division at all costs.
I live on 12th. and Maple. 12th. Street is used by people crossing through, avoiding the mess of traffic on 14th, or people trying to maneuver the Commons. It's busy and doesn't need to become busier with people trying to avoid roundabouts. Heah, heah, we don't know how to use them. Don't care, it's a highway in the middle of a downtown…get rid of it, reduce the speed, and put a light in 11th. not allowing through traffic. Save as many trees as possible, please.
TC needs a bypass and has needed it for 20 years or more. The traffic is horrible. There are not enough left turn lanes. The lights are not timed right for a good traffic flow. South Airport is impossible during rush hour as is US31 heading North. The city planners didn't plan for future use of the highways.
No MDOT money? But yet 1.6 million can be alloted for a BIKE PATH?
And just how does ANYONE think that more police presense will keep people at 30 MPH? - THEY EXCEED the speed limits on a REGULAR basis!
We live on 11th. Just don't put a light in that will allow cross town traffic to enter our neighborhood like 7th and 8 th.
I believe the only money to be spent on solving Division Street's traffic problem would be to purchase road signs directing traffic to use Airport and 3 Mile Roads if travelers don't want to go through town. It would be a bypass around Traverse City.
Does anyone really think the Traverse City Commission will do what people want anyway? They are the biggest bunch of ego maniacs this side of D.C.