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Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant

Jun 12, 2014

Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the Downtown Development Authority wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible. 

Ann Arbor's typically vibrant Main Street was quiet following one of this winter's snowstorms.
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A public meeting tonight kicks off the discussion on a Street Framework plan.  DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says public input is particularly needed in areas, like State Street, where there are conflicting needs.  Pollay says cafes on State Street want wider sidewalks while other businesses need more roadway so delivery trucks have a place to park.

Pollay says the goal is to provide a framework the D-D-A, city and developers may use to ensure consistency in what is expected in a public right of way.  Tonight's meeting is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 at the downtown library.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.