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.


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.

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.