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Should Detroit take page from Grand Rapids?

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"The west side has a culture of cooperation and participation. In southeast Michigan, there is a culture and history of division that is more intent on blame than fixing problems," he (Dick Devos) said in a statement that appeared on freep.com.

- http://www.freep.com...om-Grand-Rapids

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"We" either have short memories or someone isn't old enough to remember. The Southbelt (M-6) stalled for years because the City of GR fought it saying it would damage the core city. GR & Wyoming built separate waste water plants and separate pipelines to Lake Michigan. It was townships vs GR for a while. Having said this, the cooperation regionally is much better in recent years (Except for the GR, North Kent sewer spat)and I do agree it is one of the reasons for our success.

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...And besides, the two cities are apples and oranges. It takes a much higher level of cooperation and participation to get something done in a metro area as vast as Detroit. DeVos may be correct in our recent history, but Detroit and GR have different challenges (and different magnitudes of those challenges).

But as for the column, the two examples (Cobo Hall and regional transit) given by the writer are definitely areas where Detroit could take a page from us... Cobo Hall especially. Regional transit, again, apples and oranges; it's a much bigger beast over there, but the spirit of cooperation ITP enjoys is certainly lacking.

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