Change our thinking
I find it interesting that some city residents consider Division Street to be dividing east from west. Take a look at our city street map. Any street to the east of Union Street is named “East,” while anything west of Union Street is named “West.” Look at the zip codes in the City of Traverse City. If you live east of Cass Street you have a 49686 zip code. West of Cass Street residents have a 49684 zip code. Now take a look at the two bays … East Bay and West Bay. They are not defined east and west by the placement of Division Street. Maybe the confusion came about when Traverse City Public Schools changed the district’s line; east of Division Street is the east side district and west of Division Street is the west side district.
There has always been a mindset of division between east and west in Traverse City, but it has had nothing to do with the placement or name of any specific street. It is more of a social/economic mindset. Perhaps that is where we need to change our thinking.