Close the rat run
Rat run. You see a fat rat scurrying through a narrow hole.
When cars avoid the main roads and scurry through city streets we say they took the rat run.
Here is one small solution that will close down probably the most famous rat run in Traverse City. Leave Eighth Street, head south along Lake Street, you dead end at 10th Street, at Oryana Food Co-op. You turn right, travel 150 feet, turn left and keep heading south on Lake. On Lake heading north, you come to a full stop at 10th, turn right, travel 150 feet, turn left, head to Eighth.
Heading out of town, coming into town, they use the rat run.
Shut down those 150 feet of 10th Street. No more traffic scurrying through the neighborhoods. Lake Street is a local street, not a cut-through street, most definitely not a good place for rat-cars.
Simple solution. Cost, zero dollars. Reclaim for nature, for grass, for Oryana, 150 feet of road that really are not needed — except as a rat run.
Keep rats on main roads where I can see them. Keep rats out of neighborhoods. They are big, nasty, smelly and murderous.
The reason is safety
There is a reason for rules and regulations regarding public safety. That reason is public safety. It sounds simple, yet Traverse City and state officials don’t seem to understand. A 10-day test period for the new waterscape splash pad? Nah! It looks like everything is dandy and good to go, and besides it’s Cherry Festival week.
So much for “quality design” and “high-quality filtration components” Now we have Sewerscape. I can’t wait to take my granddaughter there.