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SG-W:/ Transportation Issues
- Subject: SG-W:/ Transportation Issues
- From: "Ann Harris" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 22:28:26 -0400
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For those of you that missed it - SEMCOG and the
Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce & others have raised the question
one more time - Can we fix the problems with transportation?
This is one more of many attempts over the years, some of which they document in
their 100 page draft plan. Can we do it this time?
Transportation or the manner in which we provide
mobility and access is:
- an environmental issue - exhaust, land
degradation, etc. and all of it's byproducts;.
- a quality of life issue - time, financial
& health costs to name a few; and,
- a human rights issue - In every community
across this state there are large numbers of children, adults, elderly who are
unable to access health care, education, employment, services, or something as
basic as visiting friends or family. (I will never forget the sorrow of
an elderly man who lived in western wayne who could not visit his dying wife
in a Washtenaw co. nursing home just because there was no way to get from
there to here)
A transportation system is comprised of roadways,
greenways, public & private vehicles & services. It impacts every
aspect of our lives. How we plan for & provide mobility speaks to our
citizenship & stewardship.
I am hoping that this current initiative to fix the
"problem" is a catalyst for a state-wide coming together of people who care
about our environment, conservation of natural resources and equity for all
Michigan residents. Our past history demonstrates that this is the only
way an appropriate & lasting solution can be actualized.
It's time for a new approach to mobility as
well as a new approach to the leadership & management of transportation in
Michigan. The creativity & determination of the grassroots can make it
As Albert Einstein once said . . . (and I
In order to solve today's problems we need to think
differently than we did when we created them.