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Here’s my highly abbreviated (and moderately irreverant) account of the hearing, meant as a starting point for conversation rather than as actual content. Enough AUers were there that the important details will emerge. Apologies for potential name misspellings of speakers.
Susan Pollay (DDA): The Three Site Plan comes with all sorts of good things. Here’s a landscape architect to explain why the park proposed in the TSP for 1st/William is good and to talk about what greenways require.
Margaret Wong (Friends of the Ann Arbor Greenway): A full-scale greenway would be much better than what the TSP proposes. We should strive for the most we can achieve, rather than the least we can get away with. We could be like Rochester, MI!
Linda Brower (Parks Advisory Committee): We really like the “full-scale” version of the greenway. Please take us seriously, Council.
Janis Bobrin (Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner): “This is going to be the non-advocacy part of the meeting. I’m going to stick to facts.” Here are issues that affect watersheds. And now, here’s somebody to talk about watershed management through public art.
Norm Cox (Greenway Collaborative): Here are nine well-reasoned, and, in combination, quite devastating reasons why a greenway along the railroad and Allen Creek is a silly idea. At all. Let’s direct this energy towards a real greenway, like along the Huron River.
City Council members: We’re now going to ask formulaic and very predictable questions that make it clear what each of us thinks.
Public input (3 minutes each):
Mayor: We’re going to stop now, and pick up again next Monday, 20 June, at the end of the City Council meeting, which will probably be around 10pm.
Best quote: the person who came over to me after I spoke and asked, “Is it just me, or do other people get really annoyed when Doug Cowherd stands up and claims to speak for 4,000 people, and then claims that 90% of the people here support the Friends, when input has been really very evenly divided?”
UPDATE, 11:30am: The Ann Arbor News puts the “score” at 24 DDA supporters, 25 greenway supporters, 7 neutral. I think at least some of their “neutrals”, “just advising the council to be deliberative,” went into my “greenway” column for hitting the “wait for FEMA and Calthorpe” points pretty hard and just not explicitly stating greenway support.
The article also mentions that the Mayor intends to host a town hall meeting – a much less formal event than a public hearing – at 7pm, 27 June, in the Council chambers.
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