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Re: E-M:/ Criticism and replies about the Ann Arbor Greenway proposal

Enviro-Mich message from Roger Kuhlman <rokuhlman@yahoo.com>

It is just not true that there is virtually no cost
for building the proposed Ann Arbor greenway. First
there is the direct cost $X which no advocates of the
proposal are not willing to make firm estimates. Then
there is the money the city of Ann Arbor forgoes by
not allowing buildings and parking lots to be
constructed on greenway land. That is a high price to
pay so that a few people in the local neighborhood
don't have see medium-rise buildings arise there.

I say the local neighborhood can have their greenway
if they are willing to voluntarily pay the full cost
of it out of their own wallets.

Roger Kuhlman
Ann Arbor, Michigan

--- Doug Cowherd <dcow2@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Roger,
> With a Parks and Greenbelt millage that will raise
> over $82M in place, what is it that makes you so
> convinced that the privately-owned land that you
> treasure will be developed due to lack of funds to
> protect it?  Why would the Greenway - which is
> almost entirely owned by the City already, so it
> doesn't require purchase - cost so much that it
> would be a threat to preserving land in the
> Greenbelt?  Do you really think that "zero" is the
> right amount of parks with greenspace we should have
> in any downtown area in America, much less in Ann
> Arbor?
> My observation is that it's not the funds that are
> lacking in Ann Arbor, but the conviction in City
> Hall that parks and open space are good things.
> We are talking about elected officials who have
> recently taken steps to sell park land that includes
> mature woods with majestic trees and land adjoining
> the Huron River to developers.
> Our elected officials simply don't share the values
> of the public they supposedly represent.  That's no
> surprise, since truly contested elections in Ann
> Arbor are now rare.  This is isn't a good thing for
> democracy.  And the lack of democracy is not a good
> thing for preserving land to protect natural
> features in the country or increasing the ability of
> people to enjoy biking and walking in an
> increasingly car-despoiled city.
> Your personal commitment to preserving the best of
> nature appears to be unquestionable.  But I think
> the direction of your critique is misguided.  The
> real threat to preserving nature in this area is not
> the proposal to create a real Ann Arbor Greenway.
> Doug Cowherd
> Chair, Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group
> Roger Kuhlman <rokuhlman@yahoo.com> wrote: 
> Enviro-Mich message from Roger Kuhlman 
> Unfortunately the proposed Ann Arbor greenway does
> not
> create significant greenspace in Ann Arbor. It is
> not
> NYC's Central Park and it diverts significant public
> monies away from land-use purchases and projects
> that
> would have significant environmental and
> conservation
> payoffs. I would suggest you walk the area of the
> proposed Ann Arbor greenway and see what natural
> features would be protected by building it. Very,
> very
> few. Then I could show you privately owned lands
> both
> within and nearby Ann Arbor with treasurehouses of
> natural features that are threatened with
> development.
> Where should the money be put?
> Roger Kuhlman
> Ann Arbor, Michigan
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