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Tonight was the second workshop in the Downtown Development Strategies Workshop, at which I saw all sorts of you and, additionally, passed out our url to 120 people, so no doubt there are some people who want to talk Calthorpe. Rather than posting my own thoughts at length first this time, I’ll just provide a starting point.
(The thread on the first Calthorpe workshop may also be useful reading for newcomers.)
Edit: Activity Description
For those who weren’t there, the workshop began with a welcome from Mayor Hieftje, including mention of the previous day’s Ann Arbor-Detroit transit meetings and the fact that 56,000(?) people commute into Ann Arbor every day. Planner Joey Scanga talking about some of the things that came out of the first workshop, and introduced local landscape architect Peter Pollack to mention the new Greenway Task Force and the Berkeley consultant chosen to do a market analysis of Ann Arbor as a “reality check” on this process’ assumptions.
Most of the workshop (almost 2 hours) was a table exercise, with each table given one of six regions of downtown that the planners had identified to work on. These regions were the Liberty corridor/”core downtown”, Huron corridor, North Main/Kerrytown, South Main/William, South University, and western edge/railway/greenway. Tables focused on more detailed examination of their assigned areas, with presentations to the group at the end (stretching on for 45 minutes past the scheduled end of the workshop).
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