Downtown Ann Arbor Issues May Play Role In Mayoral Primary

Aug 1, 2014

Next week Ann Arbor voters take a big step towards deciding the city's next mayor with the Democratic Primary. 

Downtown is the heart of the city, but what's the vision for its future?  And what role should the Downtown Development Authority play? 

Ann Arbor's Main Street
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

For over 50 years Ray Detter has chosen the busy sights and sounds of downtown to call as home over Ann Arbor's many quiet neighborhoods.  The chair of the Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Council believes the city-center belongs to everyone in the community and developments there encourage growth across Ann Arbor.

Detter says this important aspect of the downtown warrants a special organization that guides changes to benefit the area and increase the tax base, "The DDA is the 1 group that can concentrate on those issues that specifically are involved in the downtown but none the less have an impact upon the whole city."

Detter says downtown residents are looking for more quality housing options that would offer ownership opportunities as well as apartments.

Where do the 4 democrats running for mayor stand on the D-D-A and downtown issues?  We'll have that part of the story for you Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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