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E-M:/ TRUnews:Casinos, an urban agenda, and fuel cells

1. For those of you who are following the casino saga (NO riverfront casinos - means no casino driveway in the Dequindre Cut rail corridor ) Check out the following link to this weeks Crain's Detroit Business. Casino move is under gun   Lawmakers take action to block use of riverfront. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/news.html#Casino

2. Detroit Press editorial this morning highlights the need for an urban agenda.
Urban Plight
All Michigan cities need a more helpful state policy
April 4, 2001

Calling for Gov. John Engler to create an urban agenda the editorial notes that " most urban areas statewide showed population declines."
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"The state's smaller cities also face other urban problems that have plagued Detroit, including higher poverty and jobless rates and struggling schools, a recent report by Public Sector Consultants showed.

It's not just a Detroit thing. It's an urban thing. Census 2000 figures should end the political bickering between southeast Michigan and cities around the rest of the state. In an era of suburban growth, urban areas of all sizes must work together to promote urban-friendly policies for affordable housing, revenue sharing and school-aid formulas, mass transit money, and the building and rebuilding of roads and sewer systems."

"It's no accident that one of Michigan's only big cities to grow -- Grand Rapids -- has been a leader inland-use planning.
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hear ! hear!

2. EMEAC, East Michigan Environmental Action Council works in coalition with TRU on some transportation and sprawl issues and most recently joined us in asking Sen. Levin for and extension of the I-94 expansion comment period.
EMEAC has asked to forward to you the notice of their Annual Meeting - An evening of discussion of alternative energy with a presentation on fuel cells for mobile sources including high speed transit vehicles.  As we advocate for state of the transit mobility in our region, a key component is clean renewable energy source.  Put this event on your calendar.

East Michigan Environmental Action Council and
Birmingham Public Schools present:

Alternative Energy Technology: 
What’s Available,
What’s Next?

Daniel Sturges, Director of frogdesign’s Mobility Group in Ann Arbor
Stephen Zimmer
, Director, DaimlerChrysler New Generation Vehicle Programs

Seaholm’s Alternative Energy Laboratory will also be featured by staff of Seaholm High School’s Engineering Department, Michael C. Pierno, Chairman

When:   Saturday, April 28, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Where:          Seaholm High School Alternative Energy Lab, Birmingham, North East Corner of Lincoln  (14 1/2 mile) and Cranbrook (between Lahser and Southfield Rds)

       Community benefits of telecommunications, e-commerce, and new design vehicles
       Environmental benefits of high speed public transit
       How hydrogen fuel cells work and their applications in buses, trucks and cars
       The safety, economic and environmental challenges of fuel cell powered vehicles

On display:
Electric and hybrid vehicles, geothermal, wind and solar energy technologies

Free admission and open to the public.  For more information, call 248/258-5188 or email: emeac@aol.com
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands, President
Transportation Riders United
1067 Devonshire Road
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
313.885.7588, fax 313.885.7883
Check out TRU's web page at http://www.marp.org/tru.htm
Try the Motranzit site, too - http://www.hometown.aol.com/motranzit
Also check out www.transitdetroit.freeservers.com &
If you don't ask the right questions, you will never get to the right answers . . .