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

Main Street Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

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. 

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.


Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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