Former State Representative Marie Donigan (D-Royal Oak) points out that the "comprehensive regional" part of the Detroit regional transportation plan is "being ignored" in a frank, must-read assessment of the metro area's lagging efforts. "Our leaders can't agree on a regional authority to operate and plan a transit system -- or if we even need one," she observes archly. A planner by profession, Donigan doesn't spare her own kind: she cites authorities' "top-down" approach to public involvement as another obstacle to progress.
Few news outlets reported on Saturday's Woodward light rail hearings, and none provided details on the implications of rail alternatives. All the more reason why we need citizen media to fill the gap.
Complete Streets advocates are still out burning up the road, with a major organizing session in Lansing. Their model for effective political advocacy exemplifies "people power." Now to take that to the regional level!