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Re: SG-W:/ Bluffs



What would it take to get the city to buy the bluffs with some of the parks
money voted in at the last election?

--On Wed, Dec 22, 1999 9:02 PM -0500 Anne Heise <aheise@orchard.wccnet.org>
wrote:

> Friends:
> 
> Ken did a nice job capturing the key points that swayed the Ann Arbor
> Planning Commission to vote against the Autumn Ridge development and save
> the Bluffs.  I've never seen a better community-organized effort to
> protect nature.  
> 
> One risk of this impressive account is that it may look like it's pretty
> hard to do. Well, there is no question that it took a great deal of
> effort.  Over 2 years, I'd guess it took easily 1500 person-hours to mount
> this campaign. And we are far from done, as the developer has announced
> his intentions to take his plan to the City Council.  Even if he's
> defeated again (and we'll be there to get this done) he can bring back an
> "improved" project or sue the City.
> 
> But I'd like to point out that this tremendous effort that - so far - has
> shut down one of the biggest developers in SE Michigan started with less
> than a full handfull of people, none of whom had *any* technical
> background relevant to saving this property.  Further, all had full-time
> jobs - some an hour from Ann Arbor.  And none of us knew each other before
> we took this on.
> 
> The interesting lesson here is that just us regular folks have a good
> chance to stop a major developer despite starting with virtually nothing
> except a sincere commmitment to work hard and work together.  I suspect
> that for every development worthy of being stopped in this County there
> exists a similar group of people who could give the developer a real fight
> if they really wanted to.  It doesn't take more than this.  Any hard
> working group can get some technical help, political leverage, and advice
> from people who have been there.  Maybe not enough to *guarantee* victory,
> but enough to make it a contest that you may win.
> 
> Friends of the Bluffs haven't won yet.  This developer hasn't dropped his
> $60 million dollar dream, and the land isn't permanently preserved.  But
> we've got victories and momentum, and we're in this for as long as it
> takes.  I wouldn't place any bets on seeing an "Autumn Ridge" sign
> anywhere near the Bluffs, unless the developer decides to give the
> property to the City in exchange for putting this name on the Public Park
> sign.
> 
> Doug
> 
> 
> 
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