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(TreeHugger)   There is only one city in America where cars have been banned since 1898. And that city is in Michigan   (treehugger.com) divider line 90
    More: Ironic, Michigan, village council, horse-drawn carriage, Lake Huron, Mackinac Island  
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2013-06-29 09:23:48 AM  
Isn't it ironic?
 
2013-06-29 09:24:37 AM  
Like rain on a wedding day...
 
2013-06-29 09:26:19 AM  
It's not like you're driving there anyway...

/well, maybe in the winter...
 
2013-06-29 09:26:25 AM  
Spent the weekend there a couple weeks ago.  Simple awesome.
 
2013-06-29 09:27:38 AM  
That city is a dinky little island in Lake Huron that you can only get to by boat, or snowmobile if the lake is frozen. It makes sense for them to not allow cars... except ambulances.

That said, I've been there a couple of times and biking around Mackinac Island on only MI state highway with no cars is pretty fun. And the fudge is good too.

Ok subby, are you on the chamber of commerce or what?

/DNRTFA
 
2013-06-29 09:28:59 AM  
Sounds like Amityville from Jaws.
 
2013-06-29 09:32:19 AM  
Well, duh.  It isn't exactly a large place.  It's not like you can drive there anyway.
 
2013-06-29 09:36:39 AM  
I was expecting an article about some old law that nobody follows, but nobody ever bothered to repeal
 
2013-06-29 09:38:08 AM  
What about electric cars? Golf Carts? They can have ambulances and i assume fire trucks, maybe police cars but "regular people" can't own a car? Farking hippies.
 
2013-06-29 09:40:38 AM  
I'm sitting in a hotel on the island...getting a kick and all that.
 
2013-06-29 09:40:45 AM  
When early automobiles first arrived on the scene in the late 19th century, few people could have imagined that they would one day take over the world.

Mater
: Gee Lightning, What do you want to do tonight?

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Lightning: Same thing we do every night, Mater: Try to take over the world!
 
2013-06-29 09:44:59 AM  

FabulousFreep: What about electric cars? Golf Carts? They can have ambulances and i assume fire trucks, maybe police cars but "regular people" can't own a car? Farking hippies.


If you ever have a chance, go. I think they have one ambulance and one fire truck. Maybe a police cat but I've never seen it. Once you're there, you'll understand why you wouldn't want to allow electric cars either.
 
2013-06-29 09:45:34 AM  
Oops police cat would be pretty awesome.
 
2013-06-29 09:52:09 AM  
Surprised at the lack of haters in this thread.

If you hate Mackinac Island you truly are a terrible human being.
 
2013-06-29 09:52:46 AM  
Beautiful place. I love it. I don't go nearly enough. Even honeymooned there.

I don't know if they were trying to make any kind of larger point in TFA. But to think it is anything but a big recreation area they are mistaken. You can't take your car into Disneyworld either.

The island is an anomaly not a blueprint for the future.
 
2013-06-29 09:53:01 AM  

bopis: Isn't it ironic?


Why?  Very few cars were ever manufactured on Mackinac Island.
 
2013-06-29 09:54:32 AM  
Mackinac Island... All the transportation is horses.  All they make is fudge.  Hmmmm...

/Tim Allen, IIRC
 
2013-06-29 09:54:37 AM  

megarian: I'm sitting in a hotel on the island...getting a kick and all that.


Have some fudge for me.  I can highly recommend a visit to any of you who haven't been there.

/and yes, there are ambulances and fire trucks
 
2013-06-29 09:57:47 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: megarian: I'm sitting in a hotel on the island...getting a kick and all that.

Have some fudge for me.  I can highly recommend a visit to any of you who haven't been there.

/and yes, there are ambulances and fire trucks


and police cats
 
2013-06-29 09:59:14 AM  
it's a great trip. I recommend it to anyone that pull themselves off a sofa, and doesn't recoil at the thought of biking and horse drawn carriages.

fun fact: UPS delivers to the island via ferry, and from the pier, a UPS branded horse drawn cart takes the cargo to the sole distribution building, and from there, UPS branded bike carts make the deliveries.
 
2013-06-29 10:01:54 AM  
Been there a couple times.  It's fun, if a little touristy.

HexMadroom: fun fact: UPS delivers to the island via ferry, and from the pier, a UPS branded horse drawn cart takes the cargo to the sole distribution building, and from there, UPS branded bike carts make the deliveries.


I've seen the FedEx "truck" making its rounds.  Also a horse and cart.
 
2013-06-29 10:01:55 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: megarian: I'm sitting in a hotel on the island...getting a kick and all that.

Have some fudge for me.  I can highly recommend a visit to any of you who haven't been there.

/and yes, there are ambulances and fire trucks


My pleasure!!!

(My next stop is Torch Lake to finally get the goddamn dock in the lake. MI summers are pretty fantastic.)
 
2013-06-29 10:04:46 AM  

picturescrazy: FabulousFreep: What about electric cars? Golf Carts? They can have ambulances and i assume fire trucks, maybe police cars but "regular people" can't own a car? Farking hippies.

If you ever have a chance, go. I think they have one ambulance and one fire truck. Maybe a police cat but I've never seen it. Once you're there, you'll understand why you wouldn't want to allow electric cars either.


There is also a front end loader and a large trash hauler for hauling stuff down to the barge landing.  And there is a small airfield you can fly into, but it is well hidden away from the touristy stuff.

There is a civil war battlefield in the middle of the island, and a cool ass-fort.
 
2013-06-29 10:06:29 AM  
And here I've always thought to myself: "Why would I ever want to visit Michigan?"  I just found my new vacation destination.
 
2013-06-29 10:08:26 AM  
Mackinac is nice.  It's half 'ZOMG NO CARS' and half older housewives still schlicking to Somewhere In Time, which was filmed there.  Decent movie, had a young and still quite pretty Christopher Reeve starring in it.

Also, the fudge was fan-farking-tastic.
 
2013-06-29 10:09:41 AM  

forteblast: That city is a dinky little island in Lake Huron that you can only get to by boat, or snowmobile if the lake is frozen.

[snip]


Not so. You can also get there by airplane, and then take a horse-drawn taxi by airplane. I've even done it in a  PiperArrow.
 
2013-06-29 10:16:17 AM  
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2013-06-29 10:17:07 AM  

KhamanV: Mackinac is nice.  It's half 'ZOMG NO CARS' and half older housewives still schlicking to Somewhere In Time, which was filmed there.  Decent movie, had a young and still quite pretty Christopher Reeve starring in it.

Also, the fudge was fan-farking-tastic.


He was pretty dreamy in that movie...

But yeah. The fudge...oh lord...

/sounds fat
//nom nom
 
2013-06-29 10:17:18 AM  
The Island provides employment for a lot of young teamsters - the original kind that drives horses instead of trucks.  Not a lot of places where a young kid wanting to drive horses for a living can find a job these days.  A lot of them have figured out by the end of a season that they'd like to grow up and do something else.  A few find what they want to do for the rest of their lives.  But there are not a lot of places where they can figure that out anymore.

And, while the Island is idyllic and survives quite nicely without automobiles, it's only because it is small and supplied by boats that come from places where they do have cars and every other convenience.  It's a lot easier living in horse and buggy days with electricity, modern communications, and other conveniences of 21st century life.
 
2013-06-29 10:19:29 AM  
The biking is very nice, and there are some pretty buildings. However, the whole town (not as bad away from town) smells like horse shiat. I suppose they're quieter than all the diesel mobiles we let into our lives, but the whole time I felt surrounded by horse poo. I guess that's quaint?

Apparently US cities by the late 1800's were practically swimming in the stuff. In light of that, long live the automobile.
 
2013-06-29 10:19:33 AM  
Same deal on Fire Island.
 
2013-06-29 10:20:32 AM  
SPIFFY tag is doing the Picard gesture.
What about skateboards?
THOSE INFERNAL PLANKS!!!

Seems like a nice place.
There should be more of them.
 
2013-06-29 10:21:20 AM  

picturescrazy: Oops police cat would be pretty awesome.


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2013-06-29 10:21:40 AM  
Being from Michigan, and having been to Mackinac Island every summer for 12 years straight, I knew the answer without reading the article.  It's a quaint little town, and fun to walk around in.  And the best fudge EVER.
 
2013-06-29 10:22:49 AM  
If you like no car islands in flyover country, try Rock Island in WI as well. No cars. No fudge. No stores or fire trucks or police cats or horses. Just nice coastline and great camping.
 
2013-06-29 10:23:18 AM  

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That's some fine sleepin there, Lou.

\trying to imagine how a police cat would spend its day...
 
2013-06-29 10:26:02 AM  
Oh, and at the risk of being contrary, the fudge is somewhat meh. It's too sugary and the texture is closer to thick frosting than the meatier texture I prefer. But my mom's been making fudge from scratch for years, so I just might be spoiled.

I've been meaning to try making it sometime. Somehow the knowledge of how very bad it is for me slows me down.
 
2013-06-29 10:27:53 AM  
If you want to visit an interesting island in Michigan, go to Beaver Island.

I'm not kidding. Look it up.
 
2013-06-29 10:31:55 AM  
Cars are also forbidden in Venice: The city "floats" atop the Venetian Lagoon upon centuries-old wood pilings which cannot handle car traffic. There's a parking garage on the edge of the island but all other transit in the city must be made by other means. It makes for a unique satellite view as the streets are too narrow for car traffic.
 
2013-06-29 10:36:54 AM  

Wise_Guy: Same deal on Fire Island.


Yeah, I was going to say: aren't cars banned on Catalina Island as well (I know they do allow golf carts there).
 
2013-06-29 10:40:15 AM  

generallyso: Cars are also forbidden in Venice: The city "floats" atop the Venetian Lagoon upon centuries-old wood pilings which cannot handle car traffic. There's a parking garage on the edge of the island but all other transit in the city must be made by other means. It makes for a unique satellite view as the streets are too narrow for car traffic.


It's mostly the fact that the sidewalks and bridges were built for pedestrians which has led to cars being banned, as there's simply be no way to drive most places on the islands.

They need to ban motor boats, as the vibrations are shaking the piles and causing the city to settle, but they're the way real Venetians get around, so that's a non-starter.
 
2013-06-29 10:43:10 AM  

doczoidberg: If you want to visit an interesting island in Michigan, go to Beaver Island.

I'm not kidding. Look it up.


wasn't there a "king of beaver island" or something like that?

/too lazy to google
 
2013-06-29 10:44:49 AM  

bopis: Isn't it ironic?


No, that sounds more like coincidence....
ironic is like when it's horrible weather outside, and I step outside and say...."Oh what a beautiful day!"
 
2013-06-29 10:45:23 AM  
I went there in '82 when I was 7. My dad wouldn't rent horses for us, we had to ride bikes. I had a nice time but don't think I ever tried the fudge.
 
2013-06-29 10:45:48 AM  

doczoidberg: If you want to visit an interesting island in Michigan, go to Beaver Island.

I'm not kidding. Look it up.


Last time i was home I went to south Manitou Island. I want to camp on North Manitou next time.
 
2013-06-29 10:49:23 AM  

HexMadroom: doczoidberg: If you want to visit an interesting island in Michigan, go to Beaver Island.

I'm not kidding. Look it up.

wasn't there a "king of beaver island" or something like that?

/too lazy to google


Yep, James Strang. He was also formed his own Morman sect.
 
2013-06-29 10:50:49 AM  

bopis: Isn't it ironic?


Only if you're not from Michigan and you think the state is just Detroit.
 
2013-06-29 10:57:12 AM  

doczoidberg: If you want to visit an interesting island in Michigan, go to Beaver Island.

I'm not kidding. Look it up.


I've been. Only accessible by ferry, but the ferry takes cars.  The island is pretty and woodsy--the only major drawback is the vast choking clouds of blood-lusting mosquitoes.
 
2013-06-29 10:57:24 AM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: There is a civil war battlefield in the middle of the island, and a cool ass-fort.


You misspelt "War of 1812".

Fort Michilimackinac. As long as you're there, you have to go to Fort Mackinac on the mainland, too.
 
2013-06-29 10:58:34 AM  
Saw Michigan, knew it was Mackinac Island.  Beautiful place.
 
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