horse carToday my son and I got up early to attend a City Council Meeting. The trip should take about 20 minute, straight down Woodward, Leaving home at 9:30 made a 10:30 ETA seem do-able.

Not so, when two buses pass. The third, BTW had standing room only, with all ADA seating taken.

We got to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center a bit late, with a lot to mull over. Like how long will it take to get to this building once construction on the “Streetcar to Nowhere I Need to Go” begins.

I have to think Mayor Young is ¬†cussin’ and trying to get a foot out of his grave to kick someones ass about the devastation to Woodward Avenue and the isolation of the municipal hub named for him.

Coleman A. Young was nothing if not accessible. Not so our former City County Building, renamed in honor of Hizzoner.

Bus traffic, the sensible and economical mode of transportation for visitors to our Courts, City Council and County offices will become a tangle of demolition and detours. The project, when completed, will interfere with, but not connect to, bus and auto traffic. It will not go to the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, any of the 3 casinos, or any hotel.

If it is strictly for transit to entertainment, why not the quaint and more economical and ecologically friendly horse-drawn carriage? It would move as fast.  An added perk, waste that could be recycled for Urban Farming.

For Downtown’s employees, lacking chauffeurs and city cars, I suggest a fleet of gondolas leaving from the Belle Isle Park on the East and Riverside Park on the West, with maybe ferries from Grosse Pte, Trenton and Wyandotte, docking behind the GM Building, from which they could jump on the People Mover and actually get to many of their jobs.

As a bus riding Detroiter, this seems more practical for commuters than a Trolley cited as mostly for use for “Events” And it should allow room on the streets and in the budget to get buses back on schedule and Detroiters to their jobs, to court, and wherever else we need to be about the business of being.