Two years ago around this time, Arbor Update reported on a City Council Meeting that presented information from the Citizen Survey.
This Citizen Survey got information from 3,000 City residents in January 2007. Apparently the results of the 2008 survey are going to be presented soon.
One of the most interesting parts of the survey is the open ended question component, which asked the question “If I could change one thing about the City of Ann Arbor it would be . . .”
Among the thousands of responses
If I could change one thing about the City of Ann Arbor it would be . . .
- Public transportation. We need a frequent affordable rail service, from
Dexter/Chelsea to Detroit to cut automobile traffic/pollution. I agree with the
mayor on this one. Check out public transportation in Portland, Oregon &
- Improve parking downtown. I wanted to go to Seyfrieds Jewelers but I know that parking would be questionable so I went to Lewis Jewelers. I have patronized Seyfrieds for years but I can’t trust the parking anymore. My son lived in the Maynard apartments and that is another difficult place to park. Someone stole my neighbor’s car Friday night-January 12, 2007.
- Preventing the expansion of Ann Arbor city limits. The city works better if it is
kept small & contained where land use is. Have green space surrounding the city, separating from the out-lying districts.
- Better vision for downtown including use, transportation and building design to include height of building codes. Stop using water rates to fund programs such as trash bins and building programs. Add highly useable (i.e. irresistible) public transportation. Get the city out of the business of owning vacant property including the YMCA.
This is just the tip of the iceburg. Read all about it here
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