What the City of Ann Arbor has been saying for the past 35 years…
In the past 35 years, Ann Arbor’s population has grown by only 14%, or
14,000 people. During this same time period, Washtenaw County has grown
by 38%. The City of Ann Arbor needs to grow to stay competitive and
healthy. We need to stop promoting sprawl and encourage smart growth.
The good news is that we have a plan to do it. The Calthorpe Report
outlines a series of recommended goals and policies for smart growth in
downtown Ann Arbor. Current downtown zoning codes and development
strategies often work against our community goals and vision for a
vibrant, diverse, attractive, pedestrian-friendly, sustainable downtown.
Instead they produce suburban-style, car-focused developments and ugly
office buildings. If we want to make downtown better, we need to take
Ann Arbor needs your help! E-mail the Mayor and City Council ( firstname.lastname@example.org
) and let them know that you
support for the Calthorpe Plan. See the attached documents to learn more
about the Calthorpe Report and how you can show your support. Please
pass this message on to everyone you know that cares about the Ann Arbor
community, we need to show City Council there is widespread support for
the Calthorpe Plan by February 6th, 2006.
Contact Erica Briggs, 734.214.0100, for more information.
To view the entire Calthorpe Report, go to http://www.ci.ann-arbor.mi.us/downtownA2/downtown.html
E-mail Petition to Support the Calthorpe Report. Please add your name
and forward this message to other Ann Arbor residents. The goal is 1,000
signatures by February 6th! So please pass this along quickly. Thanks
for voicing your support for this plan. (Every 50th person to sign this
e-mail should also send a copy to email@example.com
& all copies should be sent to Erica
for compiling by Feb. 4th.)
We, the undersigned, ask the Ann Arbor City Council to not only adopt
the Calthorpe Report, but to actively implement the recommendations. We
encourage City Council to provide frequent opportunities for public
involvement as the City enters the implementation phase of the project
in order to ensure that the community remains involved, invested and
informed in shaping the future of our downtown.
Name, Address, Phone #, E-mail address (optional)
1. Erica Briggs, 717 West Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103,
2. Mike Lydon, 806 Catherine Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104