Issues of the Environment http://wemu.org en Issues Of The Environment: The Urbanwood Project In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-urbanwood-project-ann-arbor <p><strong><em>In this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment', we explore the growing benefits of salvage wood and the difference it's making right here at home. &nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 49168 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Living On The 'Homestead' http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-sustainable-living-homestead <p><strong><em>Meet the Gold family from Superior Township. They've turned their land into an innovative, &nbsp;self-sustaining property.&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159000987&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><strong><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">Overview &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></em></strong></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">The Gold family owns and operates a farming “homestead” in </span>Washtenaw<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"> County known as “Our Handmade Life”, where they live a self-sustaining, green life and they offer courses to the public on how they do it.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">The farm, on </span>Vreeland<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"> Road, features a bio-intensive passive greenhouse (no fossil fuels!), the Michigan Folk School, dozens of varieties of organic produce, mushrooms, goats, and chickens.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">Jason and Julia Gold have operated “Our Handmade Life” since 2011, and both the farm and the school have expanded every year since. They are currently offering classes on chicken butchering, earth ovens, soap making, fermentation, ale brewing, and much more.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:09:04 +0000 David Fair 48865 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Living On The 'Homestead' Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-environmentally-responsible-boating <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: monospace;">Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm</span></strong></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158002096&amp;color=00cc11&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:56:04 +0000 David Fair 48503 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating Issues of the Environment: The I-75 'Green Corridor' And The Future Of Bio-fuels http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-i-75-green-corridor-and-future-bio-fuels <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1; background-color: transparent;">Overview</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:33:33 +0000 David Fair 48195 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The I-75 'Green Corridor' And The Future Of Bio-fuels Issues Of The Environment: Coal Ash And Our Water Supply http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-coal-ash-and-our-water-supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:56:32 +0000 Patrick Campion 47845 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: Coal Ash And Our Water Supply Deer Management In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/deer-management-ann-arbor <p>Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.</p><p>This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 47086 at http://wemu.org Deer Management In Ann Arbor Early Success With Ann Arbor's New Food Composting Program http://wemu.org/post/early-success-ann-arbors-new-food-composting-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152797940&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>Thousands have taken to the City of Ann Arbor's expanded composting program. It now allows residents to add all food scraps to their composting carts, and keeps the material out of landfills, benefiting the environment and, ultimately, the budget. WEMU's David Fair discusses the early successes of the program with Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 46776 at http://wemu.org Early Success With Ann Arbor's New Food Composting Program Issues Of The Environment: The Ann Arbor Chapter Of 'Citizens Climate Lobby' http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-ann-arbor-chapter-citizens-climate-lobby <p></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:13:18 +0000 David Fair 45815 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: The Ann Arbor Chapter Of 'Citizens Climate Lobby' Issues of the Environment: Food Forests in Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-food-forests-ypsilanti <p>In this week's installment of&nbsp;<strong><em>Issues of the Environment,&nbsp;</em></strong>WEMU's David Fair talks with Jesse Tack of Ypsilanti about the growing local food movement in Ypsilanti.&nbsp;</p><p>Food Forests, as they're called are popping up in greater numbers, in part thanks to the group Jesse Tack founded called,&nbsp;<strong><em>Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti,&nbsp;</em></strong>or AMPY.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:53:10 +0000 David Fair 45497 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Food Forests in Ypsilanti Issues of the Environment: Mineral Rights Leases and Gas and Oil Exploration in Scio Township http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-mineral-rights-leases-and-gas-and-oil-exploration-scio-township <p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147239454&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">Overview</span></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">Scio Twp residents living near the intersection of Zeeb and Dexter-Ann Arbor roads have received inquiries about leasing the mineral rights on their property from Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company.</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:30:56 +0000 David Fair 45161 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Mineral Rights Leases and Gas and Oil Exploration in Scio Township Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Landscaping http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-sustainable-landscaping <p>In this week's installment of "<strong><em>Issues of the Environment</em></strong><em>," </em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>WEMU's&nbsp;David Fair talks with Drew Lathin about the environmental benefits of sustainable&nbsp;landscaping. Lathin is Principal Owner of <strong><a href="http://www.creatingsustainablelandscapes.com">Creating Sustainable Landscapes</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146103523&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:14:05 +0000 David Fair 44811 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Landscaping Issues of the Environment: Michigan's Recycling Future http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-michigans-recycling-future <p>Michigan ranks dead last among Great Lakes states when it comes to the rate of recycling. Governor Snyder Snyder is taking the first step forward to try and change Michigan's standing.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144987477&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's installment of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;Issues of &nbsp;the Environment,&nbsp;</strong></em>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;David Fair talks with Michigan Recycling Coalition Executive Director&nbsp;</span>Kerrin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>O'Brian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about where that first step may lead.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:17:10 +0000 David Fair 44452 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Michigan's Recycling Future Environmental Benefits To Passage Of Proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Millage http://wemu.org/post/environmental-benefits-passage-proposed-ann-arbor-area-transportation-millage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144053170&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">Overview</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /><br style="font-family: monospace;" /><span style="font-family: monospace;">On&nbsp;</span><span class="Object" id="OBJ_PREFIX_DWT484_com_zimbra_date" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 139); cursor: pointer; font-family: monospace;">May 6th</span><span style="font-family: monospace;">, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will weigh in on a ballot proposal for new 0.7 mill property tax to pay for expanded public transportation services, primarily AAATA busing.</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:29:03 +0000 David Fair 44113 at http://wemu.org Environmental Benefits To Passage Of Proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Millage Potential Environmental Impact Of Proposed Sand Mine Near Chelsea http://wemu.org/post/potential-environmental-impact-proposed-sand-mine-near-chelsea <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A Ready-Mix concrete company,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mccoigmaterials.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">McCoig Materials</a>, is&nbsp;looking to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea, between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. The area has numerous bodies of water and natural areas that could be impacted by the move. McCoig wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor </span>Emerita<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"> of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and </span>Scio<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"> Townships.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142704739&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:41:49 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Patrick Campion 43791 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The Impact of Road Salt in the Huron River Watershed http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-impact-road-salt-huron-river-watershed <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141534778&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><span style="font-family: monospace;">Overview</span></strong></p><ul><li><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Washtenaw<span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"> County Road Commission reports laying down 50% more road salt this winter than last year and using twice as much as in 2012.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-family: monospace;">Although thus far no ill effects from salt in Huron River watershed have been detected, road salt has a number of environmentally destructive effects impacting water, soil, wildlife, and public health, and if extreme winter weather conditions become the norm the effects could escalate.</span></span></li><li><span style="font-family: monospace; line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-family: monospace;"><span style="font-family: monospace;">Ric Lawson, Watershed Planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, implements watershed plans in Washtenaw County and monitors water quality for salt and other sediments in our waterways.</span></span></span></li></ul><p><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:27:57 +0000 David Fair 43407 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The Impact of Road Salt in the Huron River Watershed Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-proposed-regulations-help-remediate-pall-gelman-dioxane-plume <p></p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139221307&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: monospace;">As Concerns About the Pall/Gelman Plume Linger, Rep. Jeff Irwin Pushes House Bill to Require the MDEQ to Align Contaminate Clean-up Standards with EPA Standards</span><br style="font-family: monospace;" /> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:57:25 +0000 David Fair 42696 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume Issues of the Environment: The Snowy Owls in Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-snowy-owls-washtenaw-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138087769&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:33:53 +0000 David Fair 42380 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: The Snowy Owls in Washtenaw County What are the Benefits of a Harsh Winter? http://wemu.org/post/what-are-benefits-harsh-winter <p>There has to be some good that comes from all of the snow, ice and frigid temperatures, right?&nbsp; In this week's installment of <strong><em>Issues of the Environment, </em></strong>WEMU's David Fair explores how the environment may benefit from these conditions, come the spring and summer.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:42:35 +0000 David Fair 42082 at http://wemu.org What are the Benefits of a Harsh Winter? Issues Of The Environment: Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor Water http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-pharmaceuticals-ann-arbor-water <p>Drinking tap water in Ann Arbor is common practice. It rates rather highly in terms of quality and taste, and most find it difficult to tell the difference between city water and bottled water. Many may not know that research shows pharmaceutical drugs are making it into the water supply.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135878125&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In this week's "Issues of the Environment"&nbsp; 89.1 WEMU's David Fair explores the issue and what it may mean for you. The guest this week is Larry Sanford, the city of Ann Arbors' Assistant Manager of Water Treatment Services.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:12:14 +0000 David Fair 41752 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor Water Ford and University of Michigan's car battery research seeks to be the future of battery technology http://wemu.org/post/ford-and-university-michigans-car-battery-research-seeks-be-future-battery-technology <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> <meta content="http://www.freep.com/article/20131014/BUSINESS0102/310140012/Ford-university-of-michigan-battery-lab" name="standout" /> </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> <meta content="Batteries, Michigan, Ford Motor Company" name="news_keywords" /> </p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>On this week's <em>Issues of the Environment</em>, Andy Drews, Technical Specialist at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, discusses Ford's partnership with the University of Michigan for car battery research and the future of car batteries and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">electric cars in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County.</span></p><div>Listen to the extended interview here:<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134418737&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></div><div> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:17:20 +0000 Patrick Campion 41460 at http://wemu.org Ford and University of Michigan's car battery research seeks to be the future of battery technology Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-expect-more-snow-and-frigid-temperatures-come <div>Had enough of the cold and snow already? It has been the snowiest January in this area in history. Add in the polar vortex and frigid temperatures, and it's been a somewhat trying winter. Why is it happening, and will it continue to happen in winters to come?&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132042908&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This week on <em>Issues of the Environment</em>&nbsp;our&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">guest is &nbsp;<a href="http://www.emich.edu/iess/faculty.php">Dr. Tom </a></span><a href="http://www.emich.edu/iess/faculty.php">Kovacs,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Associate Professor of Meteorology at Eastern Michigan University.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Kovaks teaches courses on the effects of climate change on weather and will discuss the consequences for our county.</span></div><div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:35:15 +0000 David Fair 40834 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Expect More Snow And Frigid Temperatures To Come Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-habitat-humanity-stewards-energy-savings <p>This week the discussion centers around dispelling the myths of affordable housing. New affordable housing is often equated with being "cheaply built." &nbsp;We didn't have a definitive answer on the subject, so we went looking. We found that quite opposite is true. &nbsp;</p><p>Our guest this week builds affordable homes in the Metro Detroit Region; quality and efficiency is what makes them affordable.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rob Nissly, Housing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will discuss the connection between reigning in energy costs and homeownership for lower income residents of </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130817192&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:22:39 +0000 David Fair 40498 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings Issues of the Environment: Taking Care of Holiday Electronic Waste http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-taking-care-holiday-electronic-waste <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129887364&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're halfway through the first month of 2014, and many of the those New Year resolutions have already fallen by the wayside....</span></p><p>With the New Year in mind, it's really never too late to consider new resolution and perhaps some that benefit the environment. &nbsp;Sometimes it's the small things. Everyone pitching in can make a difference. &nbsp;Melissa Sargent of Local Motion Green at the Ecology Center is our guest this week, helping identify some of those small personal actions we can take on as&nbsp; new year resolutions to help create a healthier and more sustainable environment.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:34:13 +0000 editor 40308 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Taking Care of Holiday Electronic Waste Issues of the Environment: Downtown Development in Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-downtown-development-ann-arbor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's installment of&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Issues of the Environment,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;David Fair talks with Susan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pollay</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about development in downtown Ann Arbor and how it fits into a more sustainable future for the city. Susan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pollay</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is Executive Director of the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://a2dda.org" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.</a>&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125436570&amp;color=5fff00&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:41:20 +0000 David Fair 39174 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Downtown Development in Ann Arbor Issues of the Environment: Mayor Hieftje Talks Public Transit in SE Michigan http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-mayor-hieftje-talks-public-transit-se-michigan <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@WEMU891"> <meta name="twitter:creator" content="@DavidFairWEMU"> <meta name="og:image" content="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/spacer.gif"> <meta name="og:description" content="Among the most debated issues in Ann Arbor and the Southeast Michigan region, is the matter of public transportation. What should we be working towards,"> <meta name="og:title" content="Issues of the Environment: Mayor Hieftje Talks Public Transit in SE Michigan"> <meta name="twitter:url" content="http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-mayor-hieftje-talks-public-transit-se-michigan"> <meta name="twitter:domain" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:iphone" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:ipad" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:googleplay" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:iphone" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:ipad" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:googleplay" content=""><div>Among the most debated issues in Ann Arbor and the Southeast Michigan region, is the matter of public transportation. What should we be working towards, what should public transit of the future look like, what elements should it contain….and of course: how do we pay for it all?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These are questions debated on a regular basis at Ann Arbor City Council, and our guest this morning is in the middle of all of it. John Hieftje is the Mayor of Ann Arbor.</div><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:42:15 +0000 David Fair 38970 at http://wemu.org