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Can Detroit return to transportation glory?

Public Transport = Jobs

My friend Sally sent me an email with a link to PR for a PBS special titled “Beyond the Motor City“. She included the message:

More cool stuff happening in Deeeetroit— our biggest and soon to be best city🙂.” Enthusiasm is so undervalued!

Screen Grab from PBS's Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City

The film debuts nationally on PBS on February 8 at 10 pm but there is a 2 minute preview at the Blue Print for America.  The film layouts the potential repeat of history where Detroit was once the envy of cities for its extensive streetcar system. Did not know that.

While Michigan dreams, those in Washington are taking their time debating the advantage of spending on public transportation, despite data that finds that recent stimulus spending on public transport was more effective than money spent on highways (Smart Growth America).

Maybe they just need a little nudge, contact your senators today. They are currently debating a jobs bill and need reminding that Public Transport = Jobs


Do you share Sally’s excitement for Detroit? For Michigan?


  1. Andrew Samtoy
    January 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm


    I’m writing a piece on public transportation in Cleveland. We need rails!

  2. February 2, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Hey Gary – thanks for letting us re-run this on Absolute Michigan.

    I think that the potential offered by Detroit’s current state makes the future of Michigan’s largest city exciting.

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