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Car Friendly Ketchup is Really All That Is Needed (The Weekly Chatter)

At the request of one of the MyWHaT underwriters, TART Trails, a reminder that Glenn Loomis will begin a Walking School Bus this Wednesday. For more information call or email Lee at 231.941.4300 or lee@traversetrails.org.

Weekly Chatter


A lot of people feel that they want to live in a cul-de-sac, they feel like it’s a safer place to be. The reality is yes, you’re safer – if you never leave your cul-de-sac. But if you actually move around town like a normal person, your town as a whole is much more dangerous.”

"Map" installations by Aram Bartholl

Dear Motorists: I Don’t Ride With Your Convenience As My Top Priority


  • RT rhammer: Now we need to get #TCLP in on the “small town energy revolution
  • RT BCN: People who walk or bike spend more at retail establishments.
  • RT RogerQuimbly: I’m starting to wonder what else Mr Albert so-called Einstein got wrong.
  • RT eahuber: Couples are 40% more likely to divorce if one partner has a commute > 45 minutes long. God, I love Harper’s Index.
  • RT @mkirschenbaum: “Always ask the next question.”
  • RT jamesschwartz@lwh Good point. Every time a car driver is admitted to the hospital for a head injury, we should bill them if they weren’t wearing a helmet

To Wrap

This is fascinating: changing Detroit one inch at a time by selling a single inch at a time. Participants buy micro land for $1 a square inch & then turn on the creativity. By joining other investors they create microhoods like Hello World and Plymouth. (I think there are adaptions possible, perhaps short of actual purchasing, for local projects like the Bayfront Plan–how many inches are in Clinch Park?)

This TEDxDetroit talk by the creators explains it:

Have a weekend. 

  1. BeSquirrely
    September 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

    You had me at ketchup.

    Happy to live in a popsicle and halloween friendly neighborhood in downtown TC. If only we could get a stop sign on our block to make it even friendlier for little birdies to ride bikes and peruse even more freely. How do we go about that, anyway?

    Now I better go and stock up on popsicles to give out at halloween.
    Cheers to the weekend!

  2. September 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Careful, it might not be a stop sign that you want.

    Two previous Posts:

    Graphic Friday: Want Traffic Calming? Don’t Start With Stop Signs
    The State Of Traffic Calming In Traverse City


  3. BeSquirrely
    September 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Yeah, what we really want are more block parties so the whole street is blocked off from car traffic. Bliss!

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