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September 15, 1958 - Image 57

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Ann Arbor
Contem plates
F celifting
Urban renewal, otherwise known
as slum clearance, is, in essence, a
carefully- worked out - but still
incomplete - scheme for the re-
habilitation or redevelopment of
blighted areas of the city.
Applied to Ann Arbor, urban re-
newal would involve approximate-
ly 75 acres in the north central
section of the city.
Where economically feasible,
parts of the area would be simply
rehabilitated or given a facelift-
Ing. Badly rundown sections would
be cleared and re-developed.
Ultimate Goals
The ultimate goal is not only
the clearing away of the products
of years of decay, but also to
remedy the conditions which have
contributed to the decay.
The means to this end, though
not yet planned in detail, include
removal of decrepit buildings and
replacement with adequate, safe.
housing; relief of overcrowding,
fewer buildings and more open
space, planted with trees and
grass; imprdvement of roadways;
addition of more and better park-
ing facilities; and provision of
adequate recreational space and
Many Problems
* The problems involved in such
an ambitious project are many
and complex. Plans must be
worked out in great detail an to
the satisfaction of the city s a
whole, the local government, and
th, individuals most directly af-
fected - residents of the area in-
Population of the affected zone,
' which includes 507 residential
units, is estimated between 1,700
and 1,800 persons, many of whom
would be displaced and have to be
satisfactorily relocated.
Upon federal approval, the gov-
ernment would take over respon-
sibility for two-thirds of the cost
-presently estimated at slightly
less than $2,200,000 -- leaving the
city to bear the. remaining one-
third and handle the actual ad-
ministration of the project.
Preliminary Steps.
Preliminary steps toward an ur-
ban renewal project were taken in
1954 and federal -agencies first
contacted in April, .1955.
Since then, the local project has
slowly, and not smoothly, pro-
gressed into the second of two
lengthy formal planning stages.
Present plans, to take five years,
call for: destruction of about 60
buildings in the area; construction
of a number of multiple housing
units; zoning modifications de-
signed to protect residential areas
from industrial activities on the
north side and commercial activi-
ties on the south; provision of a
more adequate and conveniently
located park site; provision of
more offstreet parking to serve the
commercial zone and act as a buf-
fer between it and the adjoining
residential areas; and finally, re-
working of traffic flow patterns in
the area to ease the congestion on
local streets now used as thor-
Considerable Objection
A preliminary plan for the pro-
ject, encountered considerable op-
position from residents of the
area, who particularly objected to
relocation and street closing.
A second tentative plans on land
use and physical changes is pres-
ently nearing completion.
The city now hopes to have a
final project report for federal in-
spection by mid-October.
The completed report must in-
olude all aspects of urban renewal

plans, including a relocation plan
and proposed means of fulfilling
the city's financial responsibility
in the project.
(Continued from Page 1)
Due to the presence of the Uni-
versity and its facilities, many of
the 54 firms located here produce
goods of a scientific nature. Sur-
gical instruments, electronic de-
vices and automobile accessories
are afew of Ann Arbor's products.
Ann Arbor was founded in 1823
-15 years before the University.
The city of Ann Arbor was
founded by John Allen and Elisha
Rumsey. Legend has it that it was
named after their wives whose
first names were both Ann.
Ann Allen and Ann Rumsey, so
the story .goes, discovered a wild
grape arbor on the banks of Allen
Creek, named for John Allen,
Ann's husband. They spent much,
of their time there together and
the place became known as Ann's
The settlement which Allen and
Elisha Rumsey had helped to
found soon became known as their

Bicycles Plague Ann Arbor, Campus, Force Regulations

News Service Relays
Stories to Home Towns

Often claimed a menace to stu-
dent and city pedestrians, the bi-
cycle has become a tradition on
the Ann Arbor campus.
Found jammed in front of all
building entrances and lined in
bike racks around these same en-
trances, the increased popularity
of bicycles as a mode of transpor-
tation has caused several bicycle
ordinances to be enforced by the
To accommodate the approxi-
mately 13,500 bikes on campus as
well as the 23,000 students, the city
has forbidden riding or parking
of the vehicles on State street and
several adjoining side-streets. Any
bikes found in violation of the law;
are promptly ticketed.

A bikes must be registered and
licensed by the city duripg the
month of September. The license
fee is 50 cents.
The University, too, has to cope
with the larg6 number of bikes
found around classroom buildings
and libraries. Signs are found near
many buildings forbidding the
parking of the vehicles in front
of all entrances. As a result, bike
racks are. continually being in-
stalled around many buildings.
The problem of controlling the
number of bicycles jammed around
building entrances despite the
posted signs is being worked out
by the Student Government Coun-

town Paper. For instance

"We are here to help a reporter
get a story faster by referring him
to qualified information sources,"
William Beyers, assistant editor
of the University News Service,
The News Service acts as a news
agency centered in and around
the University. The Service has
reporters that cover stories in each
department of the University, and
most of the major service and re-
search organizations on campus,
such as: Research Institute, the
Music Society and the Office of
Student Affairs.
Many of the stories that come
are sent to the student's home
out concerning individual students

town 1paper. For nstance
Honors Convocation is report
detail with many stories

names being sent out.
The News service offices
pare 150 to 250 news releases
month. The information is
quired by a staff of reporters
gather material from the ori
The Michigan radio and n
papers are the prime concer
the Service. It supplies info]
tion for 17,000 publications. N'
of these publications are tec
cal magazines and bulletins
need research data from the

PARKING PROBLEMS-An estimated 13,508 bikes crowd the Ann Arbor campus and additional racks
are costinually being installed. However, as indicated by the empty racks in the background, the park-
ing facilities are usually ignored in favor of closer locations.

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