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Issues Of The Environment: The Allen Creek Greenway Is Coming


The Allen Creek Greenway in Ann Arbor is coming. A budget allocation from Ann Arbor City Council earlier this year has the ball rolling. Where are we now? How quickly is the project moving?    In this week's 'Issues of the Environment," David Fair  seeks those answers in a conversation with the President of the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, Joe O'Neil. 

For 34 years, a nebulous plan for the Allen Creek Greenway has been talked about, but ground was never broken despite many studies showing social, economic, and environmental benefits for Ann Arbor.
We are now at one of the most historic points in the Greenway's life, albeit such a long and well-debated life.  On this past May 18th, Ann Arbor City Council voted, unanimously, to fund the creation of the Allen Creek Greenway Master Plan.
Joe O'Neil is President of the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy. He says now that an RFP for the master plan has been submitted by the city, donors are needed to fund aspects of the project, but the Allen Creek Creenway is coming.
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Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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