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>X-From_: owner-smartroads@oden.crt.net Thu Nov 18 10:45:45 1999
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>Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 10:51:49 -0500
>To: smartroads@mienv.org
>From: Kelly Thayer <kelly@mlui.org>
>Subject: People Moving - Detroit Free Press
>Sender: owner-smartroads@oden.crt.net
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>Thursday, Nov. 18
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>M-TLC Members:
>
>Behold the wisdom and courage of the Detroit Free Press today in dissecting
>the Michigan Department of Transportation's freeways-first campaign.
>
>Kelly
>
>On the internet:
>http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/eroad18_19991118.htm
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>Pasted copy:
>		     People Moving 
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>                 Downtown Detroit needs more than
>                 freeways 
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>                   November 18, 1999
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>                   If all of downtown Detroit's redevelopment
>                   projects come to fruition, thousands more people
>                   will be coming down daily to work and play. If
>                   there's a moment for thinking creatively about 		     how
>      		     to integrate cars, pedestrians and public transit
>                   into a pleasant whole, it's now.
>
>                   Yet look what's happening: SMART buses have
>                   been kicked out of their natural terminus at the
>                   RenCen. Campus Martius will encroach on the
>                   Cadillac Square haven for Detroit city buses.
>                   Casinos are slated to draw thousands of people to
>                   the riverfront, and the city seems fixated on a
>                   four-lane freeway splitting Lafayette and Elmwood
>                   Parks as the only way to get them there.
>
>                   Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of
>                   Transportation is looking at I-375 as if that
>                   freeway spur existed in a vacuum. At the last
>                   public hearing on the I-375 redesign, MDOT met
>                   most questions -- what about casino traffic? what
>                   about pedestrians? -- with the same answer:
>                   We're only here to talk about I-375. That's a
little
>                   like talking about one noodle in the plate of
>                   spaghetti.
>
>                   The object of comprehensive transportation
>                   planning is not just to move cars in and out as
>                   quickly as possible. We concentrated on that for
>                   50 years, and look what it did to Detroit. The 		     goal
>                   is to bring people into a vibrant, walkable
>                   downtown with attractive streetscapes and easy
>                   access to transit, as well as cars and parking.
>                   Everybody with a stake in a new downtown
>                   should be working together to make that happen. 
>
>                   As for I-375, maybe the best thing to do is bury 		     it
>                   -- literally. Let it tunnel underneath Jefferson
with
>                   landscaped plazas and public transit corridors
>                   above. Maybe there are better ideas. But any
>                   I-375 plan needs to be integrated with parking
>                   and public transportation, with pedestrian 		     access,
>                   livable neighborhoods and attractive urban 		     design.
>
>                   If city and state wait until after the traffic 		     jams
>                   develop, until after all the boxy and boring
parking
>                   garages go up, until after bus riders discover 		     you
>                   can't get here from there, it'll be too late.
>                   Downtown needs a transportation vision if it is
>                   ever to have the luster and liveliness its 		     biggest
>                   boosters hope for.
>
>                   A public hearing on alternatives for improving
>                   the I-375 east river- front area will be held
>                   from 5 to 8:30 tonight in Cobo Conference
>                   Center, Room M2-29.
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>Mr. Kelly Thayer
>Transportation Project Coordinator
>Michigan Land Use Institute
>P.O. Box 228
>845 Michigan Ave.
>Benzonia, MI 49616
>Ph: 231-882-4723
>Fax: 231-882-7350
>E-mail: kelly@mlui.org
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>Mr. Kelly Thayer
>Transportation Project Coordinator
>Michigan Land Use Institute
>P.O. Box 228
>845 Michigan Ave.
>Benzonia, MI 49616
>Ph: 231-882-4723
>Fax: 231-882-7350
>E-mail: kelly@mlui.org
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