Advancing Sustainable, Transit-Oriented Development in Washtenaw County, Michigan: WAKE UP, WASHTENAW!

Wake Up, Washtenaw!

We are ...

A citizen organization with a vision and a plan for sustainable, transit-oriented development in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Wake Up Washtenaw's most complete description of goals is contained in the "White Paper", which has gone through several drafts. The final version (1.0) is available in the Plan Overview section of this site, both as a PDF and as a series of Web pages.

News

What you save if you use transit:
$812 or $9,743 annually
(Figures as of 2013-06-26)

The national average of what people save if they give up a car and use public transportation, calculated by APTA based on AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report for June 26, 2013, is up a bit since we last checked, but fuel in Michigan is in the highest national price bracket ($3.746 and up).

Though the cost for Southeast Michigan isn't listed, other Great Lakes metros are shown here, along with the Midwest average:

Our Neighbors:

City Monthly Savings Annual Savings
Pittsburgh
$792.00
$9,500.00
Cleveland
$789.00
$9,463.00
Minneapolis
$850.00
$10,201.00
Chicago
$984.00
$11,804.00
Midwest Average
$853.75
$10,242.00
National Average
$811.00
$9,728.00

Wake Up Washtenaw's vision ...

We seek to bring together people and enterprises to ...

What is "transit-oriented development"?

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an area of compact development, incorporating commercial, residential and professional uses, within walking distance of a major transit stop, that facilitates walking and transit use. The urban design focuses on the pedestrian over the automobile.

What is "sustainable development"?

The simplest, most forceful and practical definition of sustainable development is from the World Commission on Environment and Development (The Brundtland Commission report):

Development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The reasons ...

The plans ...

Encourage sustainable redevelopment

Show the way for sustainable new development

What's here:

This site developed and maintained by
Laurence J. Krieg, PhD.