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SG-W:/ Re: Victories



Yes, the recent wins are gratifying.  But they're limited to Ann Arbor.  How
do we expand the reach of grass-roots environmentalism to other parts of the
area?

And on a more personal note, what can someone who's likely to move to
Sprawlsville, otherwise known as the Detroit area, do to combat sprawl once
it's already happened?  We need to offer a compelling vision for existing
sprawl areas, both to begin transforming them into more sustainable
communities and to increase residents' discomfort with the "normal" pattern
of development.


-----Original Message-----
From: Anne Heise <aheise@orchard.wccnet.org>
To: smartgrowth-washtenaw <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Date: Saturday, August 21, 1999 1:17 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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