• Syri’s Thoughts “Complete Streets” in the North End

    What are Complete Streets, and what do they mean to the North End and its largely transit dependent population? Well, in Michigan, the legislation defines Complete Streets as “roadways planned, designed, and constructed to provide appropriate access to all legal users…whether by car, truck, transit, assistive...

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  • Complete Streets-Contractors Dream, Commuters Nightmare?

                        NEWCC met yesterday with Hannah, from Parsons Brinckerhoff for an overview of Complete Streets.   Public Act 135 of 2010 requires the development of a complete streets policy to promote safe and efficient travel for all legal users of the transportation...

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  • Syri’s experience Development Benefits by-pass bus riders

    Detroit is undergoing a spate of “development” with the new Whole Foods store and a Meijer Thrifty Acres both opening this summer on the Woodward corridor. Both are heralded as job-producing, and community enhancing, but for who? Smack-dab in the middle of these developments are the North End and Highland Park,...

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  • Syri’s Thoughts on Peoples Platform Detroit

    On Saturday, June 1, NEWCC joined other Detroit  activists at the Detroit Peoples Platform conference held at Marygrove College. It was inspiring to hear what other groups are doing to save our city, and sobering to realize that the lack of reliable transportation hinders many of their efforts. Good jobs, healthy food,...

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  • syri’s experience

    I am getting my bike running, so I can occasionally leave the North End. Dont get me wrong-my home and my heart are in the North End, but I would, occassionally like to visit other parts of SouthEast Michigan, like the nearest Kroger store on 8 mile and Wyoming. My son and I tried to

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  • Friday,   I left the Max Fisher theater about 10pm after a concert, and just missed a Southbound Woodward bus. So I walked down Woodward to MacK and about 20 minutes later, a Mack bus came along, just ahead of the next Woodward bus. Downtown at the Rosa Parks Terminal, the Grand River was only slightly

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  • Syri’s Experience April Fool

    As I ride the Woodward bus (or the Gratiot, Dexter, of Grand River) I have been talking to other riders about the 4/15 plan, which was a mollification policy trotted out to unruffle the feathers of DDOT riders whose service was cut to the quick last year. In summary, this plan assured that these 4

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  • I am thinking I will give up riding DDOT buses on Sundays, not just because the service is so slow and erratic, but because the dangerous overcrowding has erupted into violent confrontation on the most recent Sundays my son and I have ridden on DDOT. I have to say that the lady driver, this Sunday

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  • Syri’s Experience-Has Envisurage made buses safer?

    Sunday, my son and I had our worst experience yet riding a DDOT Bus. A middle-aged woman brandished a knife and cut an elderly-possibly drunk fellow passenger. This brought our ride to a halt as other  passengers rushed out the back door and she exited the bus cursing and came back with her family, still

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  • Syri’s Experience DDOT/SMART

    Did you ever have the dream where you came home and found yourself in a really fabulous place?  You knew you walked through the right door, but everything was different and better. That’s how I felt, Thursday, when I accidentally got on a SMART bus on Woodward. First, I noticed the fare-box worked, the bus

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