Neighborhood Issues Playing Important Role In Ann Arbor Mayoral Race

Jul 25, 2014

When it comes to local government what's happening in your neighborhood often plays the biggest role in who gets your vote.  With Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral primary less than two weeks away, here's what some residents want.

Ann Arbor Neighborhood
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Drive down most any side street in Ann Arbor this time of year and tall leafy trees likely cover the roadway and provide shade for the homes.  Unfortunately, on many of these neighborhood streets your peaceful drive will be jarred by potholes and crumbling roadways.  The state of the city's roads is the most common concern raised by citizens.

Ann Arbor resident Rob Stone thinks maintaining the city's infrastructure is a top concern, but he feels the city is doing a good job in another area,  "I'm not so worried about police or fire protection in the city of Ann Arbor.  I think that the crime statistics speak for themselves as far as going down and down.  That doesn't make much sense if you happen to be a victim of crime, but it still is really a very minimal problem at this time."

Other residents say the city should do more with traffic enforcement and traffic calming measures to ensure safety in neighborhoods.

Melvin Parson is looking for the next mayor to offer new ideas and work to make sure Ann Arbor moves forward in an inclusive and diverse way.

Where do the Mayoral candidates line up on supporting neighborhoods? We'll have that part of the story for you Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.