High-Density Development Nixed in Ann Arbor

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, a high-density, 62 unit apartment complex was approved 6-4 by the city council, but a local law requires a supermajority to pass if members of the public file an 'opposition petition.'
April 16, 2010, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The public debate over the project carried on until 1am, when the city council finally voted.

Ryan J. Stanton reports: "Council Member Christopher Taylor, D-3rd Ward, addressed the tension surrounding the project in his comments before voting.

"I don't think opponents of the project are reactionary NIMBYs ... nor do I believe properly that its proponents are philistines intent on gutting Ann Arbor, and I regret that the discourse has sunk to that level," he said."

In this video, the local neighborhood association illustrates with a model that the project is out of scale and character for the neighborhood. "It's the right development, but the wrong spot," says the speaker.

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Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 in AnnArbor.com
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