One year ago today a crowd of more than 100 people gathered to share our frustrations with University of Michigan officials over a proposed bus yard in our neighborhood.
Do you remember that meeting? Tensions ran very high and many of us left frustrated that we were not being heard. That changed quickly. Our neighborhood leaders called a community meeting two days later and the Northeast Ann Arbor Community Coalition (neA2cc) was formed.
Today, as we reflect on the past year and review the BUS YARD TIMELINE, we are still in awe of how our community came together to form a single voice to share our concerns with the University.
Together in a three month period…
We wrote letters.
We sent emails.
We painted wooden buses.
We made phone calls.
We shared social media posts.
We attended meetings, lots of Regent meetings.
We held community meetings.
We held meetings with University Reps.
We held meetings with our elected officials.
We had a drone.
We had an egg hunt.
We shared our stories.
We shared our story at a City Council meeting.
We made signs.
We provided thoughtful, well researched opposing views.
We started a petition and received over 800 signatures.
We paused our donations and gifts to the University.
We marched in the neighborhood Memorial Day parade.
We were heard!
Everyone of our voices and every bit of our efforts contributed to the unprecedented decision by the University to cancel the bus yard project. Let’s remember our journey and continue to advocate for our community as University development continues on North Campus.