Now, there’s a trail that runs right through Missoula and follows the angle of the slant streets. I’ve been using this trail for more than 10 years, and used to ride it everyday, summer and winter (I had no car here from 2005 to 2008).
The thing is, however, there’s a lot of empty and rubbish-filled places along that trail. Could those areas be used for something, are they being used for something now? It sure doesn’t seem like it, take a look.
Old Areas of Missoula
A better idea might be to take them out and get rid of the unused tracks that are causing tire problems for people that drive over them numerous times each day. (or would that hurt car repair shops that rely on that income?)
Now, to give you a better idea of this eyesore, here are some long shots pointing down those tracks and at the many derelict industrial buildings just sitting there:
Hey, maybe they’re flush with money and could care less about costs, but I doubt it. Do they need that much space? Could Missoula offer them a deal to get that space so we could put it to better use? Because I’m sorry, but right now the use for that land is pitiful.
They also seem to be a great place to store junk, as you can see from this photo:
This seems like an opportunity to me, one that Missoula should look into. But then I’m not an elected official, so what do I know?