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What A Difference One Block And Two Decades Make

I noticed this contrast between continuous blocks walking along 17th Street earlier this week. The meandering sidewalk through trees on the 100 block gives way to the suburb, car-centric design of the 200 block. There are no sidewalks on the opposite side of the road on either block.

Looked at from another perspective, this is like walking back in time from the 2000’s to the 1970’s.

The Walk Score for this area? 42/100 receives a “car-dependent” rating for the average American. 91% of Traverse City residents have a higher Walk Score. More sidewalks in this neighborhood would help.

  1. Franny Bluhm
    November 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I noticed how hard it is to navigate on foot or a bike on Garfield Ave between 8th and Centre. The sidewalks abruptly stop making it necessary to ride across grass or go out on the busy street with no bike lanes.
    The two photos posted here speak for the beauty of thoughtful pedestrian and green planning – what our community should be growing into during the next 5 to 10 years as gas prices continue to rise

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