Comments on: Heritage Row Proposal Withdrawn it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Barbara Barbara Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:23:26 +0000 Re [1] (and conveniently ignoring the timeline in favor of a teeter-totter). I’m not a graphic designer, but here’s a word-picture:

A sign says “All shirts must be solid-colored.”
A black-with-white-stripes Heritage Row is on one end of a teeter-totter.
A solid-puce City Place is on the other.
City Council stands in the middle on top of the board.
In the background is New Developer.

City Council leans toward Heritage Row and says, “I like you better, but you need to change your stripes.”

Make any number of panels where the stripes change color, but they are still stripes.

New Developer jumps on the City Place end of the board, and City Council and Heritage Row go flying off.

The End.

By: Vivienne Armentrout Vivienne Armentrout Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:46:57 +0000 News: Mike Anglin is bringing forth two resolutions tonight, one for a demolition moratorium and one for a new historic district study committee. Thoughts here: [link]

By: Dave Askins Dave Askins Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:19:06 +0000 Re: [1] “info graphic”

Not exactly a graphic. But here’s a draft timeline with most of the raw material: [link]

By: Jim Rees Jim Rees Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:23:10 +0000 This is probably not the right place for a followup, but the City did re-time the signals at State and Liberty after that piece ran. So let me offer thanks and congratulations to the Chronicle.

Now if only we could get the City to re-time all the other signals we’d be in good shape. Good signal timing should be a matter of policy, not a one-off reaction to complaints about a particular intersection.

By: Dave Askins Dave Askins Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:27:45 +0000 Re: [10]

Had Rees waited two days to write that comment, it would have marked the exact three-year anniversary of a column he wrote on pedestrian walk light timing: [link]. Fortunately, it’s not required to wait for a talk signal, in order to write a comment.

By: Jim Rees Jim Rees Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:14:46 +0000 Re: [8]

“Advanced technologies” are what got us into the current trouble with pedestrian crossings. Pedestrian signals worked fine until staff started playing with absurd timings and demand actuated signals.

By: David Cahill David Cahill Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:10:36 +0000 “When you sup with the devil, use a long spoon.”

By: Dave Askins Dave Askins Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:35:34 +0000 Re: [2]


As indicated, at time of the the filing of this brief, the meeting for Oct. 24 was still scheduled, though it wasn’t clear what the council might do at the meeting. Now, it’s apparent that they will do something:

A resolution has been added (today) on crosswalks, sponsored by the mayor, which would make it the only “substantive” item remaining on the agenda other than the usual slots for public comment and for council communications:

RESOLVED, That staff be directed to make recommendations for improvements to the crosswalks throughout the City when advanced technologies are available and where appropriate;
RESOLVED, That staff be directed to begin the process to engage MDOT for pedestrian crossing improvements at Washtenaw Avenue near Tappan Middle School;
RESOLVED, That staff be directed to explore new alternatives for pedestrian crossing improvements at Plymouth Road near the intersection of Beal Avenue; and
RESOLVED, That on or about December 12, 2011 staff presents its findings and recommendations for implementation to the City Council for pedestrian crossing improvements at Plymouth Road near Beal Avenue.
Sponsored by: John Hieftje, Mayor

By: Jim Rees Jim Rees Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:29:38 +0000 I think we should demolish all buildings over 20 years old, like they do in Vegas.

By: TJ TJ Fri, 21 Oct 2011 18:35:59 +0000 Ben (comment #1), I suspect it would have lots of hoops for jumping through and hurdles for jumping over! Maybe instead of calling the project “City Place,” it could incorporate Anglin and Hohnke’s names in a sort of ironic tribute to their initial stands against Heritage Row…