D-Day: What to expect in Detroit today.

According to Crain’s Detroit Business, today’s press conference in Detroit is scheduled to include U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood heralding the start of a 12- to 18-month environmental impact statement process for the Woodward Avenue light rail project.

The Crain’s piece includes a useful step-by-step graphic explaining the environmental impact process, while a quote in the story makes a crucial observation which is often overlooked by journalists and misunderstood by laypeople: “The goal is not just to get a project that is environmentally clear; the goal is also to get one you can fund,”  Carmine Palombo, director of transportation planning for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is quoted as saying.

As an aside, the Detroit Free Press didn’t seem to have much new about the announcement over the weekend (Crain’s piece was posted at 8 p.m. Sunday Aug. 1) other than to say officials “remained tight-lipped about the news conference.” In fairness, the paper went into more detail about potential government backing in a July 23 story. I think the Crain’s preview is more detailed and informative, though I recognize that’s holding a niche publication up against a general circulation paper, which may not be a fair comparison. 

More later.

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