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Roads to ruin: Why billions more for pavement is poor policy.

By Keith Schneider

Published: 9/22/1999

Types: News, Transportation

More so than in most states, Michigan’s culture and economy have been shaped by its experience with roads and cars. No other program undertaken by state government has affected the lives of residents the way our nearly 10,000-mile state highway sys...[MORE]

Sludge buster: The fight to clean Lake St. Clair sends a message to all Michigan.

By Keith Schneider

Published: 3/3/1999

Types: News, Environmental

Even though he lives on a canal a block from Lake St. Clair in southeast Michigan’s Macomb County, Doug Martz readily admits he once didn’t much care about what it takes to keep waterways clean. "I’m a builder," he said. &...[MORE]

Rail is right: Detroit-to-Ann Arbor line gets boost in transit study from SEMCOG

By Keith Schneider

Published: 8/16/2006

Types: News, Government

The yellow-and-blue rail cars of the new Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter line slip into the transfer platform at the New Center station. On the other side are the sleek cars of the Woodward Avenue light rail line, with stops every mile or so, taking thousands of passengers to jobs, lofts and enter...[MORE]

Across the great divide: Woodward Avenue as a link to regional cooperation

By Keith Schneider

Published: 7/5/2006

Types: Cover Story

Gazing south from Ferndale, at the place where Eight Mile cuts across, there are two ways to look at Woodward Avenue. A visitor from Chicago or Dallas, Seattle or Charlotte, or any number of other American metropolitan regions thriving in the efficient, digitized, quality-of-life 21st century e...[MORE]

Transportation’s new direction: Lansing lawmakers reach accord to increase support for mass transit

By Keith Schneider

Published: 5/3/2006

Types: News, Transportation

Last July, in an act that joined equal measures of public interest spontaneity and political serendipity, Democratic state Rep. Marie Donigan pitched a big white tent where Interstate 696 and Main Street converge in Royal Oak, and held a town hall meeting on improving public transit. Donigan wa...[MORE]

Momentum shift: High-stakes transit talks in Lansing

By Keith Schneider

Published: 3/29/2006

Types: News, Transportation

The spotlights in downtown Detroit had just been turned off. It was three days past the big Super Bowl XL weekend and Roger Penske, the host committee chairman, addressed a genuinely impassioned crowd of executives at a packed Marriott luncheon. He told his business peers that he was devoted t...[MORE]

Trains, planes and (fewer) automobiles: How Airport City could help a beleaguered region take off

By Keith Schneider

Published: 3/8/2006

Types: Cover Story

March 1, 2026: Gathering speed on the immensely popular light rail line from downtown Detroit to Metro Airport is a car full of executives on their way to Manila. It's a beautiful sky-blue day. As the train leaves the station stop in Taylor, passengers gain an eye-level view of the Detroit area'...[MORE]

Roads not working: Crumbling highways, snarled traffic and shrinking budgets — why we need light rail

By Keith Schneider

Published: 11/16/2005

Types: Cover Story

Brent O. Bair is a highway and car guy. Tall, silver-haired, earnest and big enough to have played tackle on a college defensive line, he’s been with Oakland County’s Road Commission for 28 years, 12 of them as the agency’s managing director. That career, marked by engineering d...[MORE]

Halftime score: After setbacks of last November, Granholm is repositioning

By Keith Schneider

Published: 2/16/2005

Types: Cover Story

Say what you will about Jennifer M. Granholm — and she’s being discussed plenty in Michigan and across the country — but Michigan’s Democratic governor knows how to inspire her friends and give her opponents a good case of nervous flutters. Last week, it was the state House chamber in Lansing, ...[MORE]

A case against sprawl: Going to court over the future of southeast Michigan

By Keith Schneider

Published: 8/18/2004

Types: Cover Story

Paul Tait makes an unlikely target for critics who say out-of-step leadership seems determined to bleed southeast Michigan’s central cities dry while shoveling wads of taxpayer cash into the sprawling suburbs. Since 1972, when he was 25 years old, Tait’s sole employer has been the Southeast Michig...[MORE]

Freeway three-way: In Lansing, a trio of strong women scrap over transportation

By Keith Schneider

Published: 6/30/2004

Types: News, Transportation

State Sen. Shirley Johnson of Royal Oak, the Republican chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been in the Legislature for 22 years — so long that she began her career as a state lawmaker when her party still had moderates and her county didn’t have huge traffic jams. Gov. Jennifer M. G...[MORE]

Driven to destruction: Sidewalks, not highways, are Detroit’s path to prosperity

By Keith Schneider

Published: 6/16/2004

Types: Cover Story

At the heart of everything — especially a city as complex, tortured and promising as Detroit — are stories; big stories that explain smaller ones, and small stories that turn into big ones, all of them folding in and out of themselves and taking you as close as you can get to important things. Det...[MORE]

Washout: Candidate Granholm cited water bottler as an environmental threat. Gov. Granholm keeps its wells pumping.

By Keith Schneider

Published: 12/24/2003

Types: News, Environmental

Until last week, nothing about the way that Democratic Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm does her job resembled the closed-door operating style of her predecessor, conservative Republican Gov. John Engler. Engler was ruthless, secretive and so intent on helping the state’s business community evade envi...[MORE]

Bottle this: Landmark ruling points to need for sweeping groundwater-protection law.

By Keith Schneider

Published: 12/17/2003

Types: News, Business

When it comes to managing fresh water, the leaders of both major political parties share a rare ideological consensus: Michigan’s 19th century policy of encouraging people to use as much water as they want, whenever they want, needs a 21st century update. This became apparent in 2002, when Republic...[MORE]

Homeowners scrub up after sprawl

By Keith Schneider

Published: 8/1/2001

Types: News, Environmental

Probably nothing exemplifies the human costs of unchecked suburban growth more than the tide of raw sewage that backs up each year in hundreds of Detroit-area homes, such as the one Lee and JoAnn Shirley own. The Shirleys raised five children in a handsome home they bought in 1961 along Ecorse ...[MORE]

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