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Re: SG-W:/ victories



Doug et al,

I agree that these are amazing victories that we should all be very excited
about and motivated by.

Another thing that all of these things have in common is that they all
happened as a result of grassroots activism primarily within the City of Ann
Arbor.

Those of us who don't live in Ann Arbor (in the villages and townships of
Washtenaw County) must step up and do everything we can to make things
happen in our own localities.  In some of our townships and villages, even a
few committed people can make great things happen, if we only will step up
and make the effort.  In many cases that is already happening, but in other
cases good things are waiting to happen if people are willing to put in the
effort.

Please, those of you in the villages and townships, share with all of us
your concerns, frustrations, needs, and ideas so we all can work together
for the types of victories that have taken place recently in Ann Arbor.

Jeff Surfus



----- Original Message -----
From: Anne Heise <aheise@orchard.wccnet.org>
To: smartgrowth-washtenaw <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 1999 12:46 PM
Subject: SG-W:/ victories


>
> What do these things have in common?
>
> First, the Parkland Acquisition Millage gets on the November ballot due to
> the gathering of 7,000 petition signatures.
>
> Then, Joe Grammatico's proposed development in the floodplain of Malletts
> Creek is resoundingly rejected by both the Ann Arbor Planning Commission
> and City Council.
>
> Finally, the University Hospital decides to shut down its dioxin-spewing
> incinerator and build an autoclave system and increase recycling.
>
> I think the interesting thread connecting these recent environmental
> victories is that they are all amazing "upset wins" driven by grassroots
> citizen action.  Without people from all walks of life coming together to
> work on these projects, at some personal sacrifice, our community would be
> a far worse place this today than it was a month ago before these
> remarkable events.
>
> A few years ago my wife and I seriously considered leaving this area,
> largely due to what we saw as a bad trend in sprawl and pollution.  A baby
> on the way gave us much pause for thought about what this place would be
> like in the future, though we had loved living here since the early 80s.
> We decided to stay - at least for a few years - to see if our community
> could come together to try to preserve the best things about this place.
> So it means a lot to me personally to see how much we can do when we work
> together.  I'm thrilled that people are making a difference on so many
> fronts in Washtenaw County.
>
> Doug Cowherd
>
>
>
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