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.
Wake Up Washtenaw pushes ahead
We have launched three initiatives
Ann Arbor Station Project: drive to make sure the new Ann Arbor Amtrak station is located where it will serve the most people and be best for the environment - in front of the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Wally (Ann Arbor - Howell Commuter Rail Support in Washtenaw County) We work with Friends of Wally to unify supporter in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.
Ann Arbor - Detroit (A2D) Rail Alliance: Building a coalition of community and business leaders who understand the value of commuter rail service between Detroit and Ann Arbor. (A2D is on Facebook, too!)
Three extraordinary people are now working with us!
Carolyn Lusch, soon to receive a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. She's working mainly on the Ann Arbor Station project and Ann Arbor - Howell Commuter rail.
Joel Batterman, outstanding fighter for justice and equity, is working to build support for the Ann Arbor - Detroit commuter rail plan.
Martha Váladez, grass-roots organizer with a brilliant track-record - most recently in the campaign to fund extended transit in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. She's giving her able support to all three projects.
- Develop communities that are attractive,
- Use the most environmentally friendly technologies,
- Provide meaningful alternatives to automobile transportation,
- Offer a range of housing options,
- Let residents walk to shops, schools, transit, worship, and entertainment,
- ...and make a profit doing it.
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.
- Housing development will happen in Washtenaw County. The county is projected to grow by 25,000 residents by the year 2020, even though other parts of Michigan are losing population.
- Sprawl development is not sustainable. It is too costly to the environment, and too costly to residents who must drive to work, shop, and play.
- Gen-Xers and Millenials are disenchanted with suburbia, and want real communities - ones that are kind to the environment.
- Boomers are beginning to retire, are fed up with having to drive everywhere, and are increasingly unable to drive as they age.
- The increasing cost of energy makes more efficient transportation a necessity for many Americans. Rail-based transportation is the most efficient per passenger-mile.
- Michigan needs a new approach to meet the challenges of post-industrial era realities.
- And the increasing cost of energy means "green" enterprises will be the ones that profit most.
- Wake more Washtenaw County citizens up to the need to focus most of our development into existing urban areas;
- Inform the people of Washtenaw County about the role of transportation in community growth and the benefits of planning communities around public transit;
- Promote investment in public transit rather than increased investment in automobile-oriented facilities such as parking structures;
- Support efforts to turn decaying strip developments into lively communities that incorporate living space in walking distance from shops, offices, and transit.
- Unite citizens, enterprises, and environmental groups, to ...
- Build a demonstration community,
- Using compact, energy-efficient, and attractive design;
- Sited along an existing railroad running through Ann Arbor,
- Connected by frequent, affordable rail transit to Ann Arbor and surrounding areas,
- To serve as a model of what can be done,
- Using only private, for-profit funding; and,
- Develop similar communities when the first has demonstrated its merits.