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Enviro-Mich message from "Molly Cole" <COLE@maelstrom.cc.wmich.edu>

A couple of things people should keep in mind regarding high speed rail. If 
its run well it will allow people to live in the little towns between 
Chicago and Detroit instead of "in" Chicago and Detroit. On the other hand 
if there is no good way to get where you're going once you get off the train 
it will fail. It will perhaps be functional if it is very high speed with 
perhaps one stop at the half way point which is linked to other communities 
by light rail or more busses. I don't think I'm against high speed rail but 
in addition to the above points I'm becoming suspicious of things that help 
us go faster. They don't help us save time, we just go farther and stay for 
less time. 

I suggest getting hold of the article "The Speed Merchants" by Wolfgang 
Sachs in the January/February 1998 issue of "Resurgence". If you can't find 
the magazine, the article may be available on their web site at 

We need to explore all the relationships and maybe not be in such a hurry.

Molly Cole
Program Coordinator
Environmental Studies
239 Moore Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (616) 387-2716 Fax: (616) 387-4998
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