Dear Governor Jennifer
This letter has been sent on
behalf of the South End Homeowners Association of Ferndale,
Michigan to express our deepest appreciation for your July 12th,
2005 decision to rehabilitate the 8 Mile Bridge and we look
forward to participating in the upcoming public design
meetings. We realize that this decision must have been
difficult as both sides of the debate were passionate about
their opinions and beliefs. In the end, we
wholeheartedly agree with your decision and look forward to
progressing with the design phase.
Bethany Holland and Gregory
South End Homeowners
City Manager Tom Barwin said he and elected officials
considered the decision a major setback for mass transit and
new development on Woodward. He called homeowners who wanted
the bridge "just a vocal minority."
FERNDALE -- After years of asking to replace the
Woodward Avenue bridge over Eight Mile with a
pedestrian-friendly intersection, City Manager Tom Barwin
said he now believes his efforts, along with those of local
residents and leaders, were futile.
of appreciating some smart thinking, we kind of got punked,"
said Barwin, who led the charge for a street-level
intersection that he said could spur economic development in
the area. "I don't know what else we needed to do."