Sustainable,
Transit-Oriented Development

for Washtenaw County, Michigan

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 saved if you used transit:
$825 last month, or $9,901 annually.
(Figures as of 2013-12-20)

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 December 17, 2013, is down a little more since we last checked in October. A gallon of regular gas in Michigan averages $3.394 (today, December 30) -9.8 cents over the national average of $3.296.

The transit savings for Southeast Michigan aren't listed, but other Great Lakes metros are shown here:

Our Neighbors

City Monthly Savings Annual Savings
Pittsburgh

$814

 $9,762

Cleveland

$806

 $9,673

Minneapolis

$852

$10,223

Chicago

$974

$11,683

Midwest Average   

$862 $10,335
National Average
$825
$9,901

Our 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.