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ouncil OK's

roller rink

The Michigan Daily-Tuesd y, September 20, 1977-Page 9
construction

By JULIE ROVNER

City Council split exactly down party ,
lines last night and gave the Republi-
cans a one-vote victory in approving a
highly controversial site plan for a pro-
posed roller skating rink.
The rink is to be located in a triangle
of land surrounded by Washtenaw Ave.,
Platt Rd. and Huron Parkway.
THE CONTROVERSY arose over
citizen complaints about traffic safety
at the intersection of Platt and Huron
Parkway.
"It's a bad situation," said Mary Fer-

guson, who lives near the intersection.
"There are stop signs, but people are
always running them. Three times I've
had people run their cars up onto my
lawn. The added traffic from the rink
would make things even worse."
"There has been no planning and no
concern for the people in this area,"
said Doug Anderson, who also lives in
the immediate area. "They've really
just dumped this thing on us.'
THE ORIGINAL resolution was
amended during the course of heated
council debate to stipulate that the
rink's access would be from Huron
Parkway, and not the more crowded

Platt Rd.,Also amended into the resolu-
tion was the stipulation that the inter-
section of Platt and Huron be re-de-
signed and re-constructed during the
next building season.
Much of the debate centered over
whether or not Platt Rd. was really
over-used. The city installed counters

for a week to measure the traffic, and
determined that the roads could sup-
port the extra traffic. The group of
people at the meeting said, however,
that they had stationed themselves at
the corner over the past few days and
had gotten much higher figures.
WHILE THE CITIZENS stressed that

Carter pushes
affirmative action

they were not opposed to.the roller rink
as such, they did have other worries
besides traffic.
"The juvenile detention facility is
right across the street, and when you
get a bunch of kids with a belly full of
cheap wine and a head full of pot, and
they realize that'their friend is right
across the street, then you're really
asking for a sock in the nose," said
Anderson.
"I'm really sorry about all the
controversy,"said Bill Willits, one of
the owners of the property, "but
we've chatted with them (the mem-
bers of the surrounding communi-
ties) and I think we've alleviated a

lot of the concerns."
Earlier, in a special session,
Council failed to override Mayor
Wheeler's veto concerning $35,000 of
CDBG funds which was to be
allocated to a public housing tenant's
organization to provide services for
those living in the city's public
housing. The session turned into a
name-calling match, with Council-
man Wendell Allen '(R-1st ward),
charging the mayor with nepotism
because the mayor's daughter is a
lawyer with the model cities pro-
gram, a program Wheeler pushed for
CDBG funding.

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admissions program deprived him of
his constitutional rights.
He said he would have been admitted
if the special program had not allowed
students with lower academic qualifi-
cations to be accepted ahead of him.
The state court ruled that the 14th
Amendment, insuring equal treatment
to all citizens, prevented the school
from making race a factor in admis-
sions. It said the amendment was vio-
lated by the program which reserved
for minority students 16 of the 100
places in each year's entering class.
THE JUSTICE Department's posi-
tion, except for its briefly mentioned
opposition to inflexible quotas in such
programs, followed closely the
reasoning of the National Conference of
Black Lawyers, one of more than 160
organizations and individuals to file
friend-of-the-court briefs in the case.
"We think the government's brief in
its present form is acceptable," said
Victor Goode of the black lawyers
group. "It's much better than we first
had been led to believe."
Other lawyers said they wanted to
read the brief before commenting. Ac-
tually, the thrust of the Justice Depart-
ment brief was the product of much in-
ternal debate and revision in the past
several weeks.

PRESIDENT CARTER was asked
for his views after the issue was seen as
a political as well as a legal one.
"It is appropriate to take race into
account to adjust for differences in cre-
dentials that may have been caused by
disc rimination but do not reflect dif-
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In a broader policy statement, the ad-
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case-by-case, the major civil rights
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than a decade. The pervasive effects of
past discrimination remain with us.
The vast majority of our 'racial and
language minorities remain poorer and
less educated, suffer greater unemploy-
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forces - economic, social and political
- that bear upon their lives than is the
white majority.
"To the extent we are still a nation of
'haves' and have-nots' the dividing line
is in part a function of race," the gov-
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